NGO director rebukes Arab states at UN body, asks ‘Where are your Jews?’


( Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based non-governmental organization U.N. Watch, reprimanded Arab states this week at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Switzerland.

Hillel Neuer, executive director of the UN Watch, addresses a press conference at United Nations headquarters in New York Dec. 9, 2008. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Neuer’s rebuke came after Israel was roundly condemned by several Arab nations at the Council, including Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Algeria. Those countries, as well as the U.N. non-member observer state of “Palestine,” accused the Jewish state of practicing “ethnic cleansing,” implementing “apartheid policy,” and institutionalizing extremism and discrimination. 

The Palestinian representative to the UNHRC said at the council meeting, “Israel has used the worst kinds of abuse, ethnic cleansing and imposing a regime of apartheid.”

In a fervent admonition of the accusations lodged against Israel, Neuer criticized the UNHRC members, stating, “Everything we just heard—from the world’s worst abusers of human rights, of women’s rights, of freedom of religion, of the press, of assembly, of speech—is absolutely false; and, indeed, Orwellian.”

After being interrupted by the Palestinian representative, Neuer added, “Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs, whatever challenges they face, enjoy full rights to vote and to be elected in the Knesset, they work as doctors and lawyers, they serve on the Supreme Court.”

“Now I’d like to ask…How many Jews live in your countries?...Once upon a time, the Middle East was full of Jews…Where are your Jews?...Why are we meeting today on an agenda item singling out only one state, the Jewish state, for targeting? Where is the apartheid, Mr. President?” he said, addressing the president of the UNHRC and leaving the chamber utterly silent.

Posted on March 23, 2017 .