Israel and the UN Human Rights Council Circus

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


0,,17192742_303,00Israel decided to end its year and a half boycott of the three-ring circus known as the United Nations Human Rights Council. Responding to significant diplomatic pressure from the United States and Germany, Israel sent representatives to a Council session on October 29th to participate in a review of Israel’s human rights record. The review was conducted in accordance with a process known as the Universal Periodic Review, in which each of the 193 member states of the United Nations has its human rights record assessed by the Council approximately every four years. Israel submitted a detailed 78-page report as part of this process, describing specific actions Israel has taken to fulfill its human rights obligations and responding to a number of recommendations by other member states.

The problem for Israel is that the Human Rights Council, which is dominated by Islamist states and their allies, stacks the deck against Israel, which has been subject to far more condemnations by the Human Rights Council than Iran, Sudan, Syria and other serial human rights violators combined. The Obama administration’s decision to join the Human Rights Council, said to be for the purpose of influencing this body from within, has not changed the Council’s anti-Israel bias.

Israel is the only country listed on the Human Rights Council’s permanent agenda.  Moreover, it is the only country subjected to an investigatory mandate that examines the actions of only one side to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Israel – and presumes the Jewish state to be guilty, while giving Hamas, Hezbollah and their state sponsors a free pass.

Moreover, Israel is still prevented from actually joining the Human Rights Council itself because it is denied full membership in any regional group of nations, from which the Council members are selected. Geographically, Israel should be a part of the Asian Nations Group, as are its Arab neighbors, but Arab nations who are members of that group have blocked Israel from joining. As a consolation prize, Israel has been relegated to limited membership in a group known as “Western Nations and Others” (WEOG), which bars Israel from group membership privileges in any UN activities outside of New York. Thus, unless the WEOG changes its policies, which Israel has requested, it cannot represent the WEOG or any other regional group on the Human Rights Council which persistently judges its conduct.

Nevertheless, Israel decided to swallow its revulsion at the Council’s modus operandi and participate in the Universal Periodic Review session. It candidly admitted its imperfections, but defended its overall human rights record. Israeli ambassador Eviator Manor also pointed out to the Council that “Israel has been regularly subject to significant, and often politically motivated, scrutiny over the years, disproportional to the worldwide human rights situation. The promotion of human rights is a just yet complex task in every society – especially in a democratic, multicultural society that constantly confronts terrorism…”

As if on cue, Arab states, Turkey, Cuba, Venezuela and Russia, which have appalling human rights records that they refuse to acknowledge, heaped criticism on Israel in a blatant demonstration of the double standard that the Human Rights Council has come to embody.

Palestinian ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi dismissed Israel’s decision to participate in the Council’s review of its record as having “no value,” while ducking any accountability for the miserable human rights record of Palestinian militia and government officials.

“We reaffirm that Israel’s policy of aggression and racism is an infringement on the rights of the Palestinian people,” said Qatar’s Geneva envoy, Almuhannad al-Hammadi. Qatar should look in the mirror and reflect on its own sorry human rights record. It is in no position to judge Israel.

For example, Qatar has a migrant population of 1.5 million people, mostly from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, who are discriminated against on a daily basis. Some have been forced to work for no pay. As the Guardian reported in September 2013:

Qatar, one of the richest countries on the planet, will be hosting the World Cup in 2022. But much of the Gulf state’s expansion is being built by some of the poorest migrant workers in the world. In the worst cases, employees are not being paid and work in conditions of forced labour. Each month dozens of young Nepalese migrant workers are returning home in coffins.

Concurrent with the Human Rights Council’s review of Israel’s human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review process, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights Richard Falk submitted his latest report to the UN General Assembly. Falk’s mandate comes from the very same Human Rights Council now sitting in judgment of Israel.

Falk’s latest submission was typical of his one-sided reports during his six year mandate, which lay all the blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israel’s shoulders. In remarks to UN correspondents discussing his latest report, he said that from a political and moral perspective Israel has practiced “systematic discrimination” that would “qualify as an instance of apartheid.” When asked about Hamas’s building of tunnels from Gaza into Israel, which was done to enable the carrying out of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, Falk first claimed that he didn’t know much about the tunnels and then proceeded to defend the tunnels as “an obvious response” to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. After lumping the terror tunnels into the category of reasonable resistance, Falk defended Hamas as having made “a concerted effort to adopt a political course of action.” He claimed that Hamas has made “offer after offer of peaceful co-existence with Israel” to last for as long as 50 years.

“Resistance” is the code word used by jihadist groups like Hamas and their supporters, meant to justify their violence and distinguish it from terrorism. Falk himself illustrated this perverse logic in an Al Jazeera article last December, when he compared the Palestinian terrorists to resistance fighters against the Nazis during World War II:

It gives perspective to imagine the situation being reversed as it was during the Nazi occupation of France or the Netherlands during World War II. Resistance fighters were uniformly perceived in the liberal West as unconditional heroes, and no critical attention was given as to whether the tactics used unduly imperiled innocent civilian lives. Those who lost their lives in such a resistance were honoured as martyrs…Hamas leaders have made similar arguments on several occasions, in effect asking what are Palestinians supposed to do in the exercise of resistance given their circumstances, which have persisted for so long, given the failures of traditional diplomacy and the UN to secure their rights under international law.

Contrary to Falk’s characterization of Hamas’s aspirations for peaceful co-existence with Israel, Hamas’s own leaders have laid bare their true agenda. Peace for them means Israel’s destruction as a Jewish state. “Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli occupation and will one day return to property they lost in 1948,” Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, said at a rally in 2011 to commemorate what the Palestinians refer to as the day of nakba (catastrophe). “Palestinians mark the occasion this year with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine,” he proclaimed.

Israel is expected by Falk and the Human Rights Council that he represents to take the persistent terrorist threats it faces lying down. In the world inhabited by the hypocrites who denounce Israel while abusing the human rights of their own residents, Israel is expected to look the other way while the “resistance fighters” build their tunnels of terror and launch their rockets against Israeli civilians. Fortunately, while Israel was willing to play along with the meaningless Universal Period Review, it shows no inclination to drop its guard or to back away from defending its citizens with whatever means it deems necessary. Hopefully, this will remain true no matter what the UN Human Rights Council may think.

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  • Toa

    “U.N. Human Rights Council”.
    Just those words thrown together is enough to make one laugh…or cry.

    • BagLady

      They are always so totally pro-Israel in every non-decision they make that I wonder you all complain. Controlled by Islam? What b***t

      • roccolore

        Liberal fascists are silent on their support of Iran.

      • defcon 4

        Because relative to any islam0nazi state on the face of the earth, Israel is a paragon of human rights.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Jews must run the OIC.

        You’re quite the genius.

  • Julie Khan

    Hamas manipulates human rights groups as a strategy
    to attain personal goals: According to Haniyeh, “It is well known that realizing the
    project of national liberation on the basis of the experience of peoples and
    nations requires the combination of (armed) struggle and diplomatic and
    political action, and diplomatic activity is no less important than armed
    conflict, and each aspect complements the other see more at http://jcpa.org/hamas-strategy-manipulate-d-rights-groups/

  • Ken Kelso

    Israel has not only survived but also thrives in-spite of all the horror, lies, and hatred she has endured from the Arab/Palis by a sheer MIRACLE, and the resilience of the Jewish people and her supporters.
    Islamo fascist supporters like Falk will not break the spirit of Israel.

    • Ken Kelso

      Falk caught in another lie.

      Falk claimed Israel was sexually abuses Palestinian kids” It turns out the Palestinians Falk listened to, were the one’s who made up the Jenin massacre hoax in 2002. Read this.
      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2011/03/latest-richard-falk-slander-idf.html
      March 22, 2011
      Latest Richard Falk slander: “IDF sexually abuses PalArab kids”
      Richard Falk has outdone himself again in his never ending quest to demonize Israel.

      • Ken Kelso

        Who Falk supports?

        http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173232#.Um1eS53D-M8
        Hamas Orders: Shoot Protesters ‘In the Head’
        Hamas’s Interior Minister has reportedly ordered security forces to shoot anyone who participates in planned Gaza protests.
        Dalit Halevi & Elad Benari
        10/27/2013

        • Ken Kelso

          http://www.timesofisrael.com/human-rights-watch-warns-of-severe-hamas-abuse-of-palestinians/
          Human Rights Watch reports on ‘severe’ Hamas abuse of Palestinians
          International watchdog says authorities ruling Gaza engage in torture, forced confessions and mock executions of civilian population
          October 3, 2012

          • Ken Kelso

            http://frontpagemag.com/2011/alan-m-dershowitz/why-are-john-mearsheimer-and-richard-falk-endorsing-a-blatantly-anti-semitic-book/

            John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorse a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book

            November 7, 2011 By Alan M. Dershowitz 60 Comments

          • Ken Kelso

            Hamas sending mentally disabled teenagers as homicide bombers for 72 virgins doesn’t seem to bother Islamo fascists supporters like Falk.
            During the Second Intifada period Israel even succeeded in emptying the reservoir of suicide bombers. It turned out that the 72 virgins waiting for the shahid in paradise have only limited power of enticement.

          • Ken Kelso

            This loon Falk also thinks Bush was behind 9/11

            http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/un-human-rights-official-calls-boston-bombing-blowback-and-resistance/#comments
            UN Human Rights Official Calls Boston Bombing “Blowback” and “Resistance”
            Daniel Greenfield
            April 22, 2013

            This story might be a little more shocking if the official in question wasn’t Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s “Special Rapporteur”, who accused Israel of creating a new Holocaust and is a 9/11 Truther who claims the US government was complicit in the September 11 attacks.

            How bad is Richard Falk? So bad that Human Rights Watch gave him the bootand the Palestinian Authority wanted him gone as a “partisan” of Hamas. To top off everything else he endorsed a Gilad Atzmon book. To put that into perspective, Gilad Atzmon has been shunned by most Palestinian groups because he hates Jews too much.

            With a pedigree like that, it’s not surprising that when Falk put pen to paper to write about the Boston Marathon Massacre, this came out.

            The American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world. In some respects, the United States has been fortunate not to experience worse blowbacks, and these may yet happen, especially if there is no disposition to rethink US relations to others in the world, starting with the Middle East.

            The difference between Richard Falk and a terrorist spokesman has yet to be determined. There was a rant about the Iraq war. A certain amount of obligatory sneering…

            the somewhat hysterical Boston dragnet for the remaining at large and alive suspect does suggest that the wounds of 9/11 are far from healed.

            Auden is dug up again and dragged out to recite the same tired lines.

            Can we not expect one among our politicians, other than the Tea Party darling Rand Paul, to have the courage to connect some of these dots? Should we not all be meditating on W.H. Auden’s haunting line: “Those to whom evil is done/do evil in return”?

            And there are more ominous, how many bombs will it take until America stops defending itself, type musings.

            Aside from the tensions of the moment, self-scrutiny and mid-course reflections on America’s global role is long overdue. Such a process is crucial both for the sake of the country’s own future security and also in consideration of the well being of others. Such adjustments will eventually come about either as a result of a voluntary process of self-reflection or through the force of unpleasant events. How and when this process of reassessment occurs remains a mystery.

            Until it does, America’s military prowess and the abiding confidence of its leaders in hard power diplomacy makes the United States a menace to the world and to itself.

            The United Nations Human Rights Council’s “Special Rapporteur”, ladies and gentlemen. Just another way the UN is making the world a better place.

  • Ken Kelso

    Falk is also an apologist for Hamas firing thousands of missiles from Gaza at Israeli civilians.
    What does Falk think Israel should do when Hamas terrorists are firing rockets at Israeli civilians?
    Send Swiss chocolate in return for every rocket?

    • Ken Kelso

      Mr Falk was upset that U.N watch has exposed Falk for the pro Jihadist terrorist he is.

      http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=10896001

      Timeline: Richard Falk’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Denial, and Non-Apology Apology.

      • June 29 – Richard Falk, the UN Palestine expert tasked by the Human Rights Council to investigate “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” posts a cartoon on his blog depicting a bloodthirsty dog wearing a Jewish religious headcovering.

      • July 6, 9:22 AM (California time) – UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights organization, exposedFalk’s publication of the cartoon, condemns its incitement to anti-Semitism, and calls on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to speak out.

      • July 6, 10:38 AM – Falk responds: “It is a complete lie. I know nothing about such a cartoon, and would never publish such a thing, ever.”

      • July 6, 10:54 AM – Falk deletes the cartoon. He explains: “Maybe I do not understand the cartoon, and if it offends in this way I have removed it from the blog. It may be in bad taste to an extent I had not earlier appreciated, but I certainly didn’t realize that it could be viewed as anti-semitic, and still do not realize.”

      • July 6, 1:42 PM – Falk is still unable to see any problem with the cartoon: “I did not perceive any racist connotations, and certainly no anti-semitic implications, and since it offends people I have removed it without understanding why.”

      • July 6, 2:30 PM – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, denounces Falk’s cartoon on the floor of the US Congress. Click here for text and video.

      • July 6, 3:41 PM – Falk points a finger at UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer: “Neuer consistently defames me, claiming I am a 9/11 conspiracy theorist when I am not, and so forth.”

      • July 6, approx. 5:00 pm – Falk issues an Apology for Unintentionally Posting Anti-Semitic Cartoon in Qaddafi Arrest Warrant Blog. “With apologies, I realize that the cartoon… had strongly anti-semitic symbolism that I had not detected before it was pointed out to me… My intention has never been to demean in any way Jews as a people despite my strong criticisms of Israeli policies, and some versions of Zionist support… Beyond this, if we are to have a sustainable human future we must also make peace with nature, and treat animals with as much respect as possible… At the same time, I am quite aware that many of the messages were motivated to discredit me due to my views of Israeli policies and behavior.”

      • July 6, 7:54 PM – Falk admits to knowingly attacking the US: “I did realize that the cartoon was anti-American, but I did not realize that it was also anti-semitic.”

      • July 7 – UN Watch called on UN rights chief Navi Pillay to lead eff

    • Ken Kelso

      Why does Hamas send rockets from a school praying that Israel returns fire and kill some of it’s children. Thats Gaza today. The Arabs are the only people in the world that go out day by day figuring ways to get their children to die in front of the world press.

      No Jewish nation can be at peace when it is surrounded by Islamo fascists. The question you should be asking is, when has there been a day in history when muslims have ever been at peace with non-muslims?

      • Ken Kelso

        ISRAEL which is defending itself against Pan-Arabism, Arab imperialism and Arabization of the Middle East – that is the “problem Falk dont like.
        The real problem is global Arab/Moslem insistence to spread hate, violence, wars, terrorism, lies, false accusations against Jews and reducing Jews to subhumans or second class citizens – slaves or servants – without any human rights.

        • BagLady

          You seem to be doing OK all by yourself

          • defcon 4

            The islamic holey trilogy of hate is much better at it — as the rising pile of dead bodies killed by muslimes in the 21st century alone attests.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            I thought you wanted to “end the cycle of violence?” What about that?

          • defcon 4

            It probably wants to stop the “cycle of violence” caused by Israelis defending Israel against islam0fascist terrorists.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “It probably wants to stop the “cycle of violence” caused by Israelis defending Israel against islam0fascist terrorists.”

            The racists on the left want to imply that we as the superior whites must end the cycle of violence because the primitives are simply reacting to us.

            Don’t ask them to look too far back in to history. At best they will be able to find a narrative about the crusades and use that as an example of “Christian persecution of the other.”

          • BagLady

            no doubt using the logic: the best means of defense is attack

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        hamass is a Satan worshiping DEATH CULT which sacrifices children to their prophet molach.

    • BagLady

      Worth a try. Unless you just love being nasty

      • roccolore

        It’s “peace activists” like you who are nasty for supporting Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

        • BagLady

          Where have I written that I support either Hamas or the MB? Being against Israel’s aggression does not imply support for retaliatory violence, unless you have the IQ of George Bush, of course.

          • roccolore

            You have a hatred of Israel and yet you are silent on the persecution of Christians and Jews in the Muslim world.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I’ll pay for the chocolates if you deliver them personally each time they launch a rocket. I’ll pay for the band to accompany you as you sing campfire songs too.

        Let’s try that. Unless you just love being nasty.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Wrap your bag over your head and tape it tight around your neck..

    • BagLady

      Now you know Palestine is not allowed chocolate

  • Ken Kelso

    Rickard Falk You.
    The Palestinians are never discriminated .
    Only the Terrorstinians the IDF catches while on their way to slaughter Jews on buses, disco’s and pizzeria’s
    That is Defence. NOT DISCRIMINATION
    What would you do if some Arab tried to murder your baby slitting its throat while asleep in his home bed?

    • Ken Kelso

      Virtually all of the Palestinians killed during these past 13 years were suicide bombers, terrorists killed in gun battles, dissidents lynched by fellow Arabs for their beliefs, women and children used as human shields by Hamas and Fatah” – and yes, dozens of people who were caught in the line of fire. Few recall that when Israel began using aircraft to destroy terrorist facilities (following the massacre of Jewish shoppers at a Netanya mall) the Jews actually publicized the targets in advance, in order to minimize Arab civilian casualties.

      • Drakken

        Well for petes sake quit being humanistic to a bunch of bloody savages, killem all and let allah sortem out. The fire a rocket, you drop MOABS, if they continue starve them out and rolling arty barrages works wonders, then throw in some napalm for good measure, they will quit jihad when they run out of bodies.

        • BagLady

          Today they ran out of electricity. Is that a good start?

          • defcon 4

            Have they stopped firing rockets and mortar rounds into Israel? have they stopped planning terrorist attacks against Jews in Israel?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            They should use the billions that arafat stole to build power plants.

      • BagLady

        RArticle 55. To the fullest extent of the means available to
        it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate …

        Since 2000 5,144 Palestinians have been killed (952 kids). This figure does not include avoidable infant mortality figures which are 0.51% Palestinian compared to 0.12% Israeli.

        There are various ways to skin a cat.

  • Ken Kelso

    There is a primary historical fact, that must be established now. There has never been, I repeat NEVER been, a civilization, Entity, or a nation referred to as “Palestine” There was never a Palestinian tribe, and there was never a Palestinian country in the Land of Israel to begin with! Israel is not for sale. It is not a pie to be sliced up and served to a clan of killers and their supporters.

    Israel existed 1500 years before Mohammad was born

    There was never in history any state called Palestine governed by Palestinians.
    Tell us when did it ever belong to Palestinians? Answer Never. It was never a Pal land to begin with, so Falk’s question is invalid.
    The Palestinians never governed or controlled any land before 1993.
    To make it simple, please tell me one Palestinian President before 1993?
    Keep thinking Falk.
    The Palestinians want a capital, which they never had, in a country that never existed.

    • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

      Palestine does not exist. Israel does.

    • BagLady

      Israel is under occupation? You are obviously on something stronger than reality

      • roccolore

        Muslims occupy 57 countries and liberal fascists like you whine about the one tiny Jewish one.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        EVERY non-koranic country with terrorist supporting muslim fifth column IS OCCUPIED.

  • Ken Kelso

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TejVJWSTTpY
    Hamas using boy as human shield.

    The child abusers Falk supports.

    • Ken Kelso

      Watch how Hamas uses Gazan’s as human fodder.
      I can see Falk being a human shield for these Hamas Nazis.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWQQFJXMrg4

      • defcon 4

        Nothing like firing an AK-47 3′ away from their face to get their attention.

        • Drakken

          It is an American made M-4 with US optics. To think, gullible Americans supplied that weapon and thousands more like it to these effing savages.

          • defcon 4

            Just great, the US arming muslime terrorists.

          • BagLady

            “Savages”? Was it you who stuck all those offensive posters around New York’s metro system?

          • roccolore

            Liberals like you are defending suicide bombers. No surprise. You are on the same side as the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • Drakken

      Those tactics never work with us, and they know it, it is time you Israeli’s start doing the same, and if they are carrying a camera, it is open season on them too.

  • delm31_nabla@yahoo.com

    More like the Islamic Rights Council. Anti-Semitism and anti-Israel.

  • Bert

    The nations should not be faulted for simply responding to Israel’s total posture of self debasement. Israel volunteers the opportunity to slam them and they simply respond. If Israel were remotely ‘normal’ they would boycott the U.S. bigots and set up their own human rights council in Jerusalem. They could then expose and castigate almost EVERY other country in the world including the media and also the U.S. Recall that America itself is founded on black slavery, stolen Indian land and the genocide of those hapless Indians. How refreshing it would be to see a Jewish government that no longer wallows in the mud while appeasing its enemies.

    • Omar

      Your post is somewhat misleading. America was founded on liberty, representative democracy and a constitutional republic. Stop blaming only the United States for historical misdeeds committed in the Western Hemisphere. Regarding Native Americans, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean were also guilty of committing those alleged misdeeds against their Native American populations. Remember that the encomienda system was used primarily in Latin America. During the Nicaragua civil war in the 1980s, the Communist Sandinista dictatorship committed massive human rights violations against Nicaragua’s indigenous Miskito population. And yet, Latin American countries and other Western Hemisphere countries (except for the United States) a free pass regarding alleged misdeeds committed against their Native American populations. Also, you ignore the serious misdeeds that Native American groups have inflicted against each other in the centuries prior to the European conquest. On a more infamous more, it was certain Native American tribes like the Iroquois who supported the British colonialists against the American patriots during the American Revolution. Iroquois general Joseph Brant wanted to destroy the Continental army, conquer the American colonists and become governor of the colony of New York. Regarding black slavery, almost every part of the Western Hemisphere practiced slavery during and after the colonial period. The United States abolished slavery in 1865, right at the end of the Civil War and only 89 years after the creation of the United States. In fact, during the century before the Civil War, slavery was gradually abolished in the Northern states, and the national abolition movement was gaining popularity in different parts of the country. By the beginning of the 19th century, slavery was prohibited in all of the Northern states and the importation of slaves was banned. The last country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery was Brazil, which abolished slavery in 1888. Yet, you give Brazil and other Western Hemisphere countries (except for the United States) a free pass for practicing slavery. Quit repeating radical left-wing propaganda about past misdeeds.

  • Gee

    The UN like their Muslim masters is an apartheid organization

  • Joseph

    The comments below illustrate how the precepts ( e.g. Tikkun Olam ) have been perverted by the basic beliefs of Zionism. No attempts can eliminate the facts accompanying Israel’s founding: 750,000 Palestinians banished from their homes and villages, 500+Palestinian villages destroyed, Deir Yassan et al. Israel is an evil, pariah state in the world’s community of nations, and will never gave legitimacy, no matter how much money or political it has. Better to drop the Jewish state-exclusive demand and stop being the eternal victim.

    • Omar

      Oh, please. You are an Islamist propagandist who repeats lies against Israel. First of all, no Arabs were forced out of the Holy Land during the does Arab-Israeli war in 1948. For the most part, Arab civilians were told to leave by the other Arab states. Anyway, Arabs who live in Israel have more rights and liberties as Israeli citizens than people living in other countries in the Middle East. What you want is an Islaist-dominated world where women would be treated like chattel, where homosexuals would be lynched from cranes for being homosexual, and where Jews and peoples of other faiths and beliefs (as well as non-religious peoples) would not be allowed in. Quit repeating leftist/Islamist lies and propaganda and learn from facts.

      • Gee

        Omar – that is not true. There were places where the Israeli forces did remove people that were aiding and abetting foreign forces. This of course is legal under the Geneva Convention. As an Israeli I say yes there was some of this.

        Not to level of what the Arabs claim or did themselves, but yes we did do it, Since then over 100,000 of those people were allowed to return – something no other country has ever done

        • StanleyT

          Perhaps 1% of the Arabs who left in 1948 were moved by Israel. The rest did so either out of fear or because they believed their leaders.

          • defcon 4

            I’ve read that some Arabs sold their properties to the Jews of Israel prior to the Arab armies’ invasion in the expectation they would get the properties they sold back after the Jews had been pushed into the sea.

        • Omar

          Well, okay, there were some exceptions where civilians were forced out. But for the most part, Israel wants peace, while the Islamists want totalitarianism, and we all know that those facts are undeniable.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Well, okay, there were some exceptions where civilians were forced out.”

            Evacuation from the battle and war zones is more like it. They weren’t forced out as part of some master plan or nefarious plot to “steal land” or “ethnically cleanse” the state.

    • Joseph Klein

      Your irrational and historically incorrect attack on Israel demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the “Zionism is racism” canard.

      Most of the Palestinians who left their homes in 1947-48 did so voluntarily with the encouragement of their Arab neighboring countries who convinced them that Israel would be immediately destroyed and the Jews driven into the sea. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way. The Palestinians could have had their own independent state more than sixty-five years ago if they had accepted the original partition under the UN plan as Israel did. There were also opportunities since for the Palestinians to have their own state on as much as 98% of the West Bank and Gaza, but Palestinian leaders turned the offers down. It is the Palestinians who play the eternal victim card rather than be willing to accept a Jewish state living side by side with their own independent Palestinian state.
      Israel is the only genuine pluralistic democracy in the entire Middle East region. It is multi-racial and multi-ethnic, with Jewish law, history and traditions providing the binding glue to the nation while at the same time respecting the right of people of all faiths to worship as they please. Saudi Arabia, by contrast, has criminalized worship of any faith other than Islam even in one’s own home. Non-Arabs in Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations are looked down upon and treated very poorly. Christians are persecuted throughout the Arab and Muslim world. In Israel, they are welcomed and respected.
      Zionism is the expression of Jewish self-determination. Why shouldn’t Jews have a country of their own, and be able to live peacefully and securely on their own historic land? Why are the Palestinians’ claim to an inalienable right to self-determination, which they could have realized more than six decades ago and a number of times since, any more valid than Jewish self-determination, particularly when other nations have long treated and defined Jews living in those nations as a separate people deserving second-class status or worse, including even Arab Jews living in Iraq, Egypt, Syria etc. whom had family roots in those countries? And don’t use the tired line that Zionists are European interlopers who had no right to emigrate to Israel. There has been continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel going back centuries before Mohammed was born. Moreover, Jewish emigrants from other countries had no less right to emigrate to their holy land than the “Palestinians” living on land that actually belonged at the time to Turkey and who themselves (or their parents, grand parents or great grand parents) came from other Arab countries to settle in “Palestine.”
      Why can’t Israel call itself a Jewish state when many of their neighbors insist on enshrining Islamic law in their own constitutions and some countries like Iran even use “Islamic” in the full name of their country?
      The Palestinians should stop their campaign of hatred and accept the idea that the Jewish state of Israel is here to stay. The Palestinians can either negotiate a final status agreement leading to their own independent state side by side with Israel or continue to play victim.
      Joseph Klein

      • Omar

        Great post. However, there is no “Palestinian” people, ethnicity or nation at all. Palestine, as we all know, is a geographic entity, not an ethnicity nor a nation. Any person (regardless of characteristics) who lives in the Holy Land region is a Palestinian.

      • itaintmojo

        Well put!!

      • Ken Kelso

        Brilliant post by Joseph Klein

    • StanleyT

      Perhaps you need to educate yourself on the true meaning of Tikkun Olam. Hint: it does not include committing suicide rather than dare to offend your enemies.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Tikkun Olam also means destroy those who attack.

    • Ken Kelso

      Joseph the liar.
      Deir Yassin was another Pallywood massacre hoax like Jenin.

      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/674327/posts
      Deir Yassin: History of a Lie
      ZOA ^ | March 9, 1998

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        I would put the hoax of deir yassin up against the Arab slaughter of 100,000+ people in Syria, 1,000 killed with poison gas.

        joseph, Wonder why there are checkpoints at every airport in the world?

      • defcon 4

        At this point in my life, I wouldn’t trust a muzzie to tell me the time of day.

    • Ken Kelso

      Joseph should stop with his Pallywood lies.
      Here is the truth.

      Research reported by the Arab-sponsored Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut, stated “the majority of the Arab refugees in 1948 were not expelled, but that 68% left without seeing an Israeli soldier.”

      “The Arab exodus from the villages was not caused by the actual battle, but by the exaggerated description spread by Arab leaders to incite them to fight the Jews”
      - Yunes Ahmed Assad, refugee from the town of Deir Yassin, in Al Urdun, April 9, 1953

      The Arab States encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.
      - Falastin (Jordanian newspaper), February 19, 1949

      “It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the refugees’ flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.”
      - Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station, Cyprus, April 3, 1949

      “Since 1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees… while it is we who made them to leave… We brought disaster upon Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave… We have rendered them dispossessed… We have accustomed them to begging… We have participated in lowering their moral and social level… Then we exploited them in executing crimes of murder, arson, and throwing bombs upon… men, women and children – all this in service of political purposes…”
      - Khaled al Azm, Syria’s Prime Minister after the 1948 war

      “The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long and that they would return within a week or two. Their leaders had promised them that the Arab armies would crush the ‘Zionist gangs’ very quickly and that there was no need for panic or fear of a long exile.”
      - Monsignor George Hakim, Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, in the Beirut newspaper Sada al Janub, August 16, 1948

      “The Arabs did not want to submit to a truce they rather preferred to abandon their homes, their belongings and everything they possessed in the world and leave the town. This is in fact what they did.”
      amal Husseini, Acting Chairman of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee, speaking to the United Nations Security Council. Quoted in the UNSC Official Records (N. 62), April 23,1948,p.14

      “As early as the first months of 1948 the Arab League issued orders exhorting the [Arab Palestinian] people to seek a temporary refuge in neighboring countries, later to return to their abodes in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and obtain their share of abandoned Jewish property.” – bulletin of The Research Group for European Migration Problems, 1957

      “This wholesale exodus was due partly to the belief of the Arabs, encouraged by the boasting of an unrealistic Arab press and the irresponsible utterances of some of the Arab leaders that it could be only a matter of some weeks before the Jews were defeated by the armies of the Arab States and the Palestinian Arabs enabled to re-enter and retake possession of their country.”
      - Edward Atiyah (then Secretary of the Arab League Office in London) in The Arabs (London, 1955), p. 183

      “The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by order of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city…By withdrawing Arab workers, their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa.”.
      - Time Magazine, May 3, 1948, p. 25

      “The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing Partition and the Jewish State. The Arab States agreed upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem,
      - Emil Ghoury, Secretary of the Arab Higher Committee, the official leadership of the Palestinian Arabs, in the Beirut newspaper, Daily Telegraph, September 6, 1948

      “The Arab governments told us: Get out so that we can get in. So we got out, but they did not get in.”
      - from the Jordan daily Ad Difaa, September 6, 1954

      “The Arab civilians panicked and fled ignominiously. Villages were frequently abandoned before they were threatened by the progress of war.”
      - General Glubb Pasha, in the London Daily Mail on August 12, 1948

      “[The Arabs of Haifa] fled in spite of the fact that the Jewish authorities guaranteed their safety and rights as citizens of Israel.”
      - Monsignor George Hakim, Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, according to Rev. Karl Baehr, Executive Secretary of the American Christian Palestine Committee, New York Herald Tribune, June 30, 1949

      “Every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay and carry on with their normal lives, to get their shops and businesses open and to be assured that their lives and interests will be safe. [However] …A large road convoy, escorted by [British] military . . . left Haifa for Beirut yesterday. . . . Evacuation by sea goes on steadily. …[Two days later, the Jews were] still making every effort to persuade the Arab populace to remain and to settle back into their normal lives in the towns… [as for the Arabs,] another convoy left Tireh for Transjordan, and the evacuation by sea continues. The quays and harbor are still crowded with refugees and their household effects, all omitting no opportunity to get a place an one of the boats leaving Haifa.””
      - Haifa District HQ of the British Police, April 26, 1948, quoted in Battleground by Samuel Katz

      “the military and civil authorities and the Jewish representative expressed their profound regret at this grave decision [to evacuate]. The [Jewish] Mayor of Haifa made a passionate appeal to the delegation to reconsider its decision”
      - The Arab National Committee of Haifa, told to the Arab League, quoted in The Refugee in the World, by Joseph B. Schechtman, 1963

      “The Arab exodus, initially at least, was encouraged by many Arab leaders, such as Haj Amin el Husseini, the exiled pro-Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem, and by the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine. They viewed the first wave of Arab setbacks as merely transitory. Let the Palestine Arabs flee into neighboring countries. It would serve to arouse the other Arab peoples to greater effort, and when the Arab invasion struck, the Palestinians could return to their homes and be compensated with the property of Jews driven into the sea.”
      - Kenneth Bilby, in New Star in the Near East (New York, 1950), pp. 30-31

      “We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.”
      - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said, quoted in Sir Am Nakbah (“The Secret Behind the Disaster”) by Nimr el Hawari, Nazareth, 1952

      “The Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, assured the Arab peoples that the occupation of Palestine and of Tel Aviv would be as simple as a military promenade… He pointed out that they were already on the frontiers and that all the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean. . . Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down.”
      - Habib Issa, Secretary General of the Arab League (Azzam Pasha’s successor), in the newspaper Al Hoda, June 8, 1951

      “Some of the Arab leaders and their ministers in Arab capitals . . . declared that they welcomed the immigration of Palestinian Arabs into the Arab countries until they saved Palestine. Many of the Palestinian Arabs were misled by their declarations…. It was natural for those Palestinian Arabs who felt impelled to leave their country to take refuge in Arab lands . . . and to stay in such adjacent places in order to maintain contact with their country so that to return to it would be easy when, according to the promises of many of those responsible in the Arab countries (promises which were given wastefully), the time was ripe. Many were of the opinion that such an opportunity would come in the hours between sunset and sunrise.”
      - Arab Higher Committee, in a memorandum to the Arab League, Cairo, 1952, quoted in The Refugee in the World, by Joseph B. Schechtman, 1963

      “…our city flourished and developed for the good of both Jewish and Arab residents … Do not destroy your homes with your own hands; do not bring tragedy upon yourselves by unnecessary evacuation and self-imposed burdens. By moving out you will be overtaken by poverty and humiliation. But in this city, yours and ours, Haifa, the gates are open for work, for life, and for peace, for you and your families.”
      The Haifa Workers’ Council bulletin, 28 April 1948

      “…the Jewish hagana asked (using loudspeakers) Arabs to remain at their homes but the most of the Arab population followed their leaders who asked them to leave the country.”
      The TIMES of London, reporting events of 22.4.48

      “The existence of these refugees is a direct result of the Arab States’ opposition to the partition plan and the reconstitution of the State of Israel. The Arab states adopted this policy unanimously and the responsibility of its results, therefore is theirs.”
      …The flight of Arabs from the territory allotted by the UN for the Jewish state began immediately after the General Assembly decision at the end of November 1947. This wave of emigration, which lasted several weeks, comprised some thirty thousand people, chiefly well-to-do-families.”
      - Emil Ghory, secretary of the Arab High Council, Lebanese daily Al-Telegraph, 6 Sept 1948

      “One morning in April 1948, Dr. Jamal woke us to say that the Arab Higher Committee (AHC), led by the Husseinis, had warned Arab residents of Talbieh to leave immediately. The understanding was that the residents would be able to return as conquerors as soon as the Arab forces had thrown the Jews out. Dr. Jamal made the point repeatedly that he was leaving because of the AHC’s threats, not because of the Jews, and that he and his frail wife had no alternative but to go.”

      “The Arab streets are curiously deserted and, ardently following the poor example of the more moneyed class there has been an exodus from Jerusalem too, though not to the same extent as in Jaffa and Haifa.”
      - London Times, May 5, 1948

      “Even amidst the violent attacks launched against us for months past, we call upon the sons of the Arab people dwelling in Israel to keep the peace and to play their part in building the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its institutions, provisional and permanent.
      “We extend the hand of peace and good-neighborliness to all the States around us and to their people, and we call upon them to cooperate in mutual helpfulness with the independent Jewish nation in its Land. The State of Israel is prepared to make its contribution in a concerted effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.”
      - David Ben-Gurion, in Israel’s Proclamation of Independence, read on May 14, 1948, moments before the 6 surrounding Arab armies, trained and armed by the British, invaded the day-old Jewish micro-state, with the stated goal of extermination.

      “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, THEY ABANDONED THEM, FORCED THEM TO EMIGRATE AND TO LEAVE THEIR HOMELAND, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe, as if we were condemmed to change places with them; they moved out of their ghettos and we occupied similar ones. The Arab States succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as a unified people until the States of the world did so, and this is regrettable”.
      - by Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), from the article titled: “What We Have Learned and What We Should Do”, published in Falastin el Thawra, the official journal of the PLO, of Beirut, in March 1976

      “The first group of our fifth column consists of those who abandon their houses and businesses and go to live elsewhere. . . . At the first sign of trouble they take to their heels to escape sharing the burden of struggle.”
      - Ash Shalab (Jaffa newspaper), January 30, 1948

      “The Arab streets are curiously deserted and, ardently following the poor example of the more moneyed class there has been an exodus from Jerusalem too, though not to the same extent as in Jaffa and Haifa.”
      - London Times, May 5, 1948

      “Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the -Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit.. . . It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.”
      - The London weekly Economist, October 2, 1948

    • itaintmojo

      Israel is not a a victim at the moment. It is a thriving country, with a strong economy despite haters like BDS. Those villages and people would never have ben banished, had Arabs not chosen to attack Israel on the very 1st day of its rebirth, instead of respecting the decision in 1948 by the league of nations that there be two states. The only thing Israel is victims of now, are the continuing hate propaganda campaign, and a few rockets being lobbed over walls. The wall and checkpoints have reduced suicide bombing to almost nil. Israel is doing just fine , and does not ned to care what you or any other biased people think. They are used to all the false narratives, omissions and Arab re-writing of history.

      The real victims are the Arab people who are brainwashed from birth to hate Jews and israel, and continue Jihad. They are the ones who suffer, and will continue to, so long as they refuse to respect the Jewish state.

      Israel is busy living, while Arabs are busy hating.

    • defcon 4

      Deir Yassin harbored islam0fascist mujadeen. Mujadeen that were using Deir Yassin to fire on Israeli relief convoys. They could’ve surrendered, but chose not do. They ate dirt.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        SCREW deir yassin and SNAKE Yassin (the wheelchair jihadi).

    • reader

      Israel is an evil and pariah state because the war produced Arab refugees? Really? Did you ever call Poland, Czech republic and Russia evil and pariah states for displacing millions of German, Finns and Japanese at the end of WW2? Show us how courageous you are in fighting for justice. Go to Moscow and demand that Putin gives Vyborg back to the Finns, Kenigsberg to the Germans and Kuril Islands to the Japanese. My bet is that you’ll crawl into your filthy corner and wet your pants first.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Vulgar joseph,

      Islam is at War with the Entire World. Those who are not brain damaged, unlike yourself, notice that fact. 100,000+ dead in Syria – thats Arabs killing Arabs didn’t happen out of thin air. The 8 year Iraq/Iran war in which 1,000,000 people died also didn’t happen out of thin air.

      I recommend you take a one way Hajj to Mecca or H E L L and reconsider your views.

    • defcon 4

      WHy don’t we talk about the 5 Kibbutzim that were completely annihilated by Arabs in ’48′?

      http://www.kdati.org.il/info/English/About_Kdati.htm

  • Ken Kelso

    The U.N. Human Rights Council reserves a permanent place on its agenda for Israel, ensuring that it will be condemned at every meeting. All other violations in the world are lumped under a separate, non-country-specific agenda item.

    The council is stacked with some of the world’s worst human rights abusers, all of whom use the platform to excoriate Israel while scrupulously insulating themselves from criticism. Current members include Congo, Pakistan, and Libya, with Russia, China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia expected to be elected this November. As one former senior member of the Israeli U.N. Mission put it, “When you’ve got regimes like Syria, Zimbabwe and North Korea lecturing you about cultural and economic and human rights, you don’t need a PhD in human rights to understand that there’s something fundamentally wrong.” The problem is not that Israel is blameless or undeserving of scrutiny. It is rather that the international organization empowered with policing human rights spends most of its time prosecuting Jews. Indeed, the body was recognized as so morally bankrupt that Ronan Farrow, former advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, called for it to be abolished–in 2008.

  • JuddRusnak

    There used to be 1 million Jews living in the Arab world, there are almost NONE today. Where is the Jewish Human Rights in the Arab world?, UNHCR should investigate what happen to the 1 million Jews who have left or precisely cleansed from the Arab world in the last 60 year?

  • roccolore

    The fascist UN “Human Rights Council” supports the worst human rights violators.

    • defcon 4

      The UN Human Rights Council, I wonder if the name for that organisation would make Orwell laugh or cry.