New Extreme in anti-Israel Bias

The United Nations Human Rights Council demonstrated more bias against Israel on Thursday by voting to set up a permanent investigation into possible war crimes by Israel – the first such investigation.

The 47 members of the council passed the measure by 24 votes in favour, 9 against and 14 abstentions, giving the narrowest possible margin of one. The countries that opposed the resolution were Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshal Islands, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

A UNHRC meeting in 2018A UNHRC meeting in May 2018 (photo: Elma Okic / UN)

Many of the countries that voted in favour are generally acknowledged to have poor human rights records, e.g. China, Libya, Pakistan, Russia and Venezuela, yet they are members of this high-profile council supposed to defend human rights around the world.

Indeed, 62 percent of the council members are non-democratic countries, having types of government unlikely to lead the world on human rights.

The United States did not take part in the debate or the voting because it only has observer status at the council. However, it issued a statement shortly after the vote, saying:

“It is deeply unfortunate that while we and others have been working to uphold
and strengthen the ceasefire, ensure humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and
continue the hard work of discussions on how to achieve a lasting peace,
some members of the Human Rights Council have chosen to engage in a
distraction that adds nothing to ongoing diplomatic and humanitarian efforts.”

Noting the lack of condemnation of the recent indiscriminate firing of more than 4,300 rockets by Hamas, Israel’s Prime Minister responded by saying:

“Once again, an immoral automatic majority at the council whitewashes
a genocidal terrorist organization that deliberately targets Israeli civilians
while turning Gaza’s civilians into human shields.”

Given that Israel is often accused of keeping Gazans in poverty by blockading the Gaza Strip, observers might wonder who supplied the money and materials to build so many rockets.

Hamas themselves supplied the answer when the leader, Ismail Haniyeh, gave a lot of credit to Iran after the recent conflict. He said,

“I cannot but thank those who brought forth money and weaponry
to the valiant resistance, the Islamic Republic of Iran;
who did not hold back money, weapons, and technical support.”

Clear evidence of Hamas’ fundamental approach to the situation in the Middle East emerged this week in the broadcast of a celebration live on the Al-Jazeera Network on 24th May. The group’s leader, Yahya Sinwar, appeared on stage embracing a young boy dressed in military clothing who had been given a submachine gun to brandish.

 


Video clip from live coverage of Hamas celebration (MEMRI)

 

The indoctrination of young children to become martyrs for the terrorists` cause continues and is a major barrier to peace in the Middle East.