B'nai B'rith Determined to Reform U.N. Human Rights Council After Unprecedented Anti-Israel Vote for Reparations, Monitors
Despite recent pleas from B’nai B’rith International and other non-governmental organizations for a significant change in the way it acts toward Israel, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has once again adopted anti-Israel resolutions that unfairly single out the Jewish state for condemnation and attack. Through its United Nations offices in New York and Geneva, B’nai B’rith International is working to end the UNHRC’s consistent anti-Israel agitation.
On March 24, the UNHRC passed four resolutions—in the context of the only permanent agenda item dedicated to a specific country, Israel—that each unjustly attacked Israel’s policies and practices. Beyond those, on March 25, the council adopted a resolution urging reparations only for Palestinian victims of hostilities with Israel. It also established a committee of “independent experts” to oversee implementation of the demands of the Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (also known as the Goldstone report), which from inception through execution denied Israel the possibility of effective counterterrorism. Additionally, the council reiterated a call for supposed Israeli violations to be the focus of a rare conference of parties to the Geneva Conventions.
“We recognize the role that the Human Rights Council could fulfill in advancing causes that are vital, including preventing rights abuses and outright atrocities, and we are saddened by how far from its potential the council has strayed,” B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick said. “But until the council drops its obsessive, unparalleled abuse of one peace-seeking democracy, legitimate progress is impossible. We will continue to work at the Human Rights Council in order to try to steer it away from such offensive and unjust resolutions meant to erode Israel’s international standing.”
“The United Nations Human Rights Council has consistently embraced a discriminatory, politicized approach in its proceedings, one that should cause great alarm for all who support the State of Israel and all who have concerns about global human rights,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “These continuing attacks serve to both delegitimize the council itself and prevent real steps toward stability and reconciliation in the Middle East.”
B’nai B’rith International has been active at the United Nations since its founding and will continue to push for fairness at the world body.