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UN Watch Briefing

Issue 544

 

 

UK, France, Germany Join Tyrannies to Condemn Israel as World's Only Violator of Economic & Social Rights

LOPSIDED RESOLUTION GIVES FREE PASS TO HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD

The UK, France and Germany joined 39 other nations on the UN Economic and Social Council in singling out Israel as the world's only violator of economic and social rights.

Israel was the only country in the world to be condemned at the ECOSOC annual session when a resolution adopted on Monday by 42 of 54 member states, including all EU members -- with only Australia and the U.S. opposed -- excoriated the Jewish state for a litany of crimes including “the dumping of all kinds of waste materials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.”

• The EU-backed resolution mentions Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the PLO for a total of 0 times.

• The words "Syria" or "Syrian" were mentioned 13 times — but only to condemn Israel for alleged violations against “the Syrian citizens of the occupied Syrian Golan. Bashar al-Assad's mass murder of hundreds of thousands of his own Syrian people was not condemned or even mentioned once.

• The language of the UN text refers to the “mother homeland, the Syrian Arab Republic.”

The mockery reached its pinnacle when Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari took the floor to accuse Israel of facilitating "terrorist attacks" against Syrian cities and civilians, and to condemn the Jewish state for “destroying the soil of the Golan, exploiting its resources, burning its products and other racist policies.”

UN Watch reminds members of the European Union, many of whose diplomats subscribe to this newsletter, that ongoing complicity with lopsided, inflammatory and polarizing resolutions only serves to undermine the cause of peace, as well as to erode the credibility of the United Nations. Read More

SHAM: UN GRANTS STATUS TO HAMAS-LINKED 'PALESTINIAN RETURN CENTRE'
Despite opposition by the UK and 12 other countries, the UN Economic and Social Council voted on Monday to grant official status to the ‘Palestinian Return Centre’ (PRC), a London-based group that was outlawed by Israel in 2010 for its ties to Hamas. Alarmingly, the PRC now gains UN status as a recognized non-governmental organization, allowing its Hamas-linked activists to access UN facilities worldwide and participate in debates of the UN Human Rights Council. The group thanked Iran and Sudan, both regimes backers of Hamas, for their help. When UN Watch exposed PRC leaders' antisemitic and pro-terror tweets, they rushed to hide them. Read More

HAMAS' ISMAIL HANIYEH SALUTED UN WIN FOR PRC (WHICH DENIES HAMAS TIES)
Even as the Palestinian Return Centre strenuously denied all ties with Hamas, UN Watch published web postings showing how senior Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh congratulated the group for winning initial approval in June for UN status, and how he “stressed the vital role played by the PRC in the legal and political arena.” More

RESIGNED: U.N. RIGHTS OFFICIAL WHO IGNORED CHILD RAPE BY PEACEKEEPERS
The resignation today of a top UN rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic — because she was “distracted” by budget cuts — underscores the dire need for accountability at the world body, said UN Watch. More