The Anti-Israel Bandwagon

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A Fox News report by Anne Bayefsky (9/16/10) revealed that the Obama Administration attended the sham/shameful 9/15/10 UN Human Rights Council session, where Israel was banned from the room. This didn’t seem to bother the U.S. Ambassador to the Council, Eileen Donahoe, who chose to attend and fully participate in a meeting that “deliberately excluded anyone representing the Jewish State.” As Bayefsky reported, the Obama administration became “a willing participant in the U.N.’s imposition of an apartheid-style ban on representatives of the State of Israel.” This runs counter to the promises made by the administration, which asserted that by joining the council, the United States would not become part of the problem.

According to Bayefsky:

Israel is the only U.N. state not permitted to be a full member of any of the U.N.’s five regional groups. Throughout the Human Rights Council sessions, these groups hold key planning meetings in which countries negotiate and share important information behind closed doors. Even the Palestinian Authority, though not a state, is permitted into the Asian regional group. Israelis are allowed into the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) in some parts of the U.N. But WEOG members have chosen to exclude them totally in all of their meetings associated with the Human Rights Council. Rather than refusing to participate until such outrageous discrimination comes to an end, Obama administration representatives walked through the door slammed in the face of Israelis and made themselves comfortable.

The Obama administration was privy to the council’s outrageous June 2, 2010 condemnation of Israel on the flotilla probe sponsored by the council’s Islamic and Arab states. The outcome was clearly predetermined. Israel was condemned “in the strongest terms,” as guilty of committing an “outrageous attack.” No mention was made of the flotilla organizers’ Jihadist intentions and actions.

And, at the Goldstone follow-up committee created on March 25th by a one-sided resolution also sponsored by the Arab and Islamic states, Israel was attacked while nothing was said about Hamas terrorism.  Seventeen members refused to support the resolution, including Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, and the Netherlands. This time, the U.S. joined the opposition to the resolution.

Since its creation in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has passed 40 resolutions – 30 of which have criticized Israel.  Of the 10 emergency debates dealing with offending countries, 7 were against Israel.  Even U.N. General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon found such actions offensive and, in a June 20, 2007 speech, he noted the council’s anti-Israel bias and the shameless, discriminatory treatment of Israel.  It is nothing short of bitter irony that the Sri Lankan regime killed 20,000 civilians, while it was being praised by the council for the “promotion and protection of human rights.” Israel is repeatedly condemned while the world’s worst violators of human rights: Iran, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Syria, and Zimbabwe, literally get away with murder. U.S. taxpayers who pay 20% of the operating budget to ensure against such abuses are being snookered.

The lessons of the Nazi Holocaust which prompted the establishment of the Human Rights Commission have obviously been lost on the Western democracies and the Obama administration.  The current U.N. structure and membership is overflowing with corruption, injustice, and incompetence, and the Human Rights Council is probably the worst of its agencies.  The U.N. Peacekeeping operations in Zaire and Lebanon are abysmal failures.  In Rwanda, Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, the U.N. failed to prevent bloodshed and genocide. It took NATO to bring peace to Bosnia. The Human Right Council is morally offensive and it disgraces America to support it and partake in its proceedings.

Just as it is impossible to make peace between a dictatorship and a democracy, the overwhelming influence of non-democratic states on the U.N. makes it impossible to carry out its mission of bringing peace and serving humanity. The treatment of Israel, like a “canary in the mine,” is a barometer of the U.N.’s standing.

It is therefore imperative that the U.S. withdraw its membership from the U.N.  After 65 years of near complete failure, the U.S. and its democratic allies must create a new institution: a United Democratic Nations.

Given its shameless bias against Israel and preoccupation with the protection of evil regimes, American tax-payers must once and for all say no to American participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council as President Bush did.  Moreover, it is time to permanently move away from the charade called the U.N.

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  • Chezwick_Mac

    The UN Human Rights Council was supposed to be a "reform" of the old UN Human Rights Commission. Like most modern reforms, it's now worse than it was. A principled democratic government would boycott the council and withhold dues. But since when was Obama's Administration ever principled?

    We need a new international body, a Federation of Democratic Nations…of which the qualifying criteria for member states would be

    1) multi-party democracy
    2) independent press
    3) independent unions
    4) independent judiciary

    With economic incentives for members such as free trade, such a body would encourage democratization around the world and over time, it would replace the cesspool that we now refer to as the UN.

    • John Beatty

      Who gets to decide what's "independent?" You? A pack of kowtowing buearucrats?

      Get real.

      • stephencuz

        Yes. Of course, you are right. Lets just keep it like it is. After all, 57 nations of the OIC can't be wrong. We shouldn't look for a better system or organization than the U.N. all we need do is look at its track record. It has done wonderful things through the years. Why, working through the definitions of membership qualifications would be too much work. We would never be able to decide. A word like "independent" is just too ambiguous and can never be truly defined.
        What a dolt!

      • Chezwick_Mac

        Well John, I think there is sufficient objective criteria that could be agreed upon to both qualify and quantify the word "independent". For example, the unions and media would be free from government ownership and control. An independent judiciary would be one in which judges are appointed for life…and whose decisions can only be reversed by a higher judicial body, not by governments in power.

        I hope this was helpful.


      this must be what my grandmother would have called a wolf in sheeps clothing and compared it to a certain biblical narrative.when this adminastration took control i actualy thought maybe we could regain some of the respect that our country used to command. LOL!!

  • neils60

    Is there a surprise here? If so, perhaps another reader could explain. This has been a consistent pattern of this regime from day one.

  • aspacia

    The UN will need the USA again, and we might create a list of binding agreements when they do.

  • Guest

    We need to kick the UN out of the US and stop wasting our tax dollars on it.

    • jim

      The United Nations long ago lost its credibility and its usefulness and is now no more worthy of existence than the old League of Nations.

      Let's get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!

    • ssg kent , army

      i agree . do it now !

  • andres de alamaya

    For the first time, I have to side the disaster in the White House. Unless it were possible to disband the Human Rights Council and banish it, it is better to be in it fighting than turning one's back to ignore it. The question is, will this participation become another Cairo speech or deep bowing to Saudis?

    • Stephen_Brady

      But is the Obama Administration fighting for anything, other than the destruction of Israel? The HRC is nothing but a front for some of the most destructive, hateful regimes on the planet. As Mr. Obama himself put it, "Show me who you walk with, and I'll show you who you are."

      We see you, Mr. Obama, and we know who you walk with. We know you …

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Thanks, friend!

  • Truman Hill

    Mr Obama!!!! You are nothing but a traitor, a pig in everyway……..

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    You sleep with dirty dogs you get fleas! Why is Obama legitimizing these USA haters? Does he bow before them too? Bush meant business and these haters knew it.

  • Indioviejo

    If the November election manages to get enough Conservatives elected, maybe we just might withhold our funding for the UN (25%) plus. Maybe we can stop foreign aid, funding for IMF, The World Bank, pull out of NATO, and all other extravagant waste of money from a nation that is almost broke. We the tax payers funded WWI, WWII including the USSR, and lest not forget, the Marshall Plan for western Europe. I believe we never got paid back, not even in gratitude. I know it is just a dream, but sometimes you need to think out of the Box. I think if all of this was on the table we would get every one's attention and maybe they would listen to us. Just think of Pakistan's double dealing with our billions in foreign aid. It breaks my heart to pay jizya.

  • Len Porochnia

    One of the unmistakable signs that the US has elected a great person to be President will be evidenced by his/her decision to abandon UN membership and to convert the UN into river-front condominiums. The property will be thereby put for far better use than it is currently. The UN is not only a useless relic, it is a dangerous one. It exists only to promote anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda. A greater waste of our taxes dollars is unimaginable.

  • jaythehistorian

    Susan Rice is Obama in a dress. She attended the best universities because she had the important credential: high melanin content. The Fool in the WH handed out a very high post that this affirmative action nit wit obviously didn't deserve. She has been lazy and incompetent just like her boss. She only comes out of her stupor, when Israel is the subject . She , like her boss and most blacks is a racist anti-semite.

    • David Slater