B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday advocating for Israel. The Human Rights Council has on its permanent agenda “Item 7,” which is a basket of anti-Israel condemnations reviewed and discussed each time the council meets. No other nation is singled out for review and opprobrium in this way.
In his speech, Michaels said: “Although some might assume that this Council’s decisions are impartial, we know that this is a political body, in which self-interest guides voting and rights abusers sit in judgment of those with more admirable records.
No country is perfect, but Israel alone stands as a democracy in the Middle East, a bastion of global humanitarianism.
It is Israel that is characterized by pluralism — with Arab citizens serving in government, women achieving high office, the Christian minority growing and civil liberties upheld.
It is Israel that despite surviving multiple wars has extended unparalleled offers and sacrifices for peace, repeatedly seeing these followed by yet more terrorism.”
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