U.N. Human Rights Council blasted for singling out Israel

The U.N. Human Rights Council logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was blasted for its consistent singling out of Israel for criticism.

On Friday, the U.S. was the only country to vote against five anti-Israel U.N. resolutions. Four of the resolutions were directed against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, with one calling on companies to boycott Israel. The fifth was directed at Israel’s control of the Golan Heights and its treatment of residents there. 

Paula Schriefer, head of the U.S. delegation to the UNHRC, criticized UNHRC Agenda Item 7, which mandates that Israel be discussed at every UNHRC meeting, a distinction no other country shares. She said the U.S. is “deeply troubled by the council’s standalone agenda item directed against Israel and by the many repetitive and one-sided resolutions under this agenda item.”

She added, “Only Israel, a vibrant and open democracy, received such treatment.”

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said it is “shameful that an important U.N. body should join the hypocritical international campaign against Israel, and it is even more lamentable that so many countries did not have the courage to vote against this one-sided resolution proposed by some of the worst offenders with respect to human rights.”

Posted on March 28, 2014 .