(Washington, D.C., June 22, 2020)—B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International condemns the five anti-Israel resolutions adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), one on June 19th and the other four today. The UNHRC regularly singles out Israel by passing numerous resolutions that solely and falsely allege Israeli misdeeds. We again condemn the maintenance of agenda Item 7, which makes Israel the only country separately and exhaustively scrutinized at every council session.
We wholeheartedly commend Australia for voting against each anti-Israel resolution, and the Marshall Islands for voting against four of the five resolutions. We encourage all member states to consistently vote against anti-Israel resolutions and to clearly endorse the elimination of the discriminatory agenda item.
One of the five anti-Israel resolutions, entitled, “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” only mustered 22 votes in favor; more countries voted against or abstained.
We are particularly outraged that a democracy such as Switzerland, even though it does not enjoy council membership, chose to be one of the main co-sponsors of the biased “ensuring accountability” resolution.
B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish Community. Visit www.bnaibrith.org