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Defund and Dismantle the U.N. Human Rights Council

Defund and Dismantle the U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.N. Human Rights Council has reaffirmed its singular goal of attacking and delegitimizing Israel.

Via Ynet, HRC keeps clause dedicated to Israel:

Israel demanded Friday a UN vote and called on members to vote against a Human Rights Council agenda for the next five years, which will keep Israel as the only permanent state to be targeted out of 192 member-states.

The agenda in its current form ensures a continuing and skewed focus on Israel while ignoring other dictatorships and blatant human rights violations.

Israel requested a vote in order to prevent the automatic approval by the UN General Assembly, and in order to allow the state to express its objections.

The US, Canada, and Palau are the only countries that joined Israel in objecting to the agenda, which passed with an automatic approval of 154 states.

As detailed here previously, the HRC is devoted almost entirely to investigating and condemning only Israel.  In April, a number of countries proposed that the HRC convene to investigate the violent repression of protests in various Arab countries, but the Islamic Council of the U.N. warned that if the HRC were convened, the conference would be devoted to investigating Israel.

The U.S. State Department is defending U.S. participation in the HRC on the ground that the HRC is less bad because of our participation:

As U.S. contributions to the United Nations and its participation in the controversial Human Rights Council (HRC) are under attack in the Congress, a top State Department official said on Wednesday that U.S. engagement at the HRC has been effective and benefited Israel.

“U.N. bodies, including the Human Rights Council, have improved as the result of direct U.S. engagement. If we cede ground, if our engagement in the U.N. system is restricted — these bodies likely would be dominated by our adversaries,” said Esther Brimmer, the assistant secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, in a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Prior to the U.S. decision to join the HRC in 2009, Israel was singled out for six special sessions intended to single out Israeli actions for condemnation, there were too many unbalanced resolutions focused on Israel, and too little attention paid to the world’s worst human rights situations, she said.

But now, Brimmer contended the situation was getting better: “The challenges continue at the Council, but the Council’s improvement through U.S. engagement is undeniable.”

Defenders of the HRC point to some recent non-Isreal related actions:

But it appears of late that something right is starting to happen to this body, which recently passed two decisions that criticized the violence in Libya and Syria.

On Friday, the Human Rights Council made a historical decision to adopt the first-ever UN resolution on the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT).

These non-Israel related actions are a drop in the HRC bucket.  The HRC is dedicated to the delegitimization of Israel and Israel alone.   The fact that the HRC took some modest actions unrelated to Israel does not change the nature of the HRC.

Defund and Dismantle.


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Cowboy Curtis | June 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

If the Israelis were more sweet and cuddly like the Palestinians, or at least as even-tempered and well behaved, the world might have more sympathy for them.

The U.N. is worse than worthless, it gives vicious little backwater states a small modicum of power that far exceeds their ability to handle responsibly, and allows them to delude themselves into thinking they are something other than, well, vicious little backwater states. The HRC is nothing but a sad, sad, joke.

Donald Douglas | June 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Nice post.

Defund, dismantle … and continue to expose ’em.

Related: ‘Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Nominee, Linked to Communist, Anti-Semitic Women’s International League for Peace’.

It’s all of a piece …

VotingFemale | June 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I say move the UN to a more fitting location… Tehran, Iran, and get the hell out of North America once and for all.

The initials show their worth..

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jubadoobai! | June 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Defund and dismantle the UN. The Arab countries control it now, and the Euroweenies go along with every Arab prejudice they encounter.

Whisper to Israel: Start killing people like you’re crazy. Send out your soldiers strapped in homicide bomb vests, sound out your sons and daughters rigged to blow. Send them to Gaza, Syria (let them rush the borders), Saudi Arabia (make sure they wear the abaya and go on hajj). Blow up a few of your enemies and the Euroweenies and communists (I repeat myself) will start talking about your angst, pain, suffering, blah de blah blah. They’ll even give you money. The more Arabs you kill, the more money you’ll get from the international community. Try it.

misslexi9162 | June 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Because you can’t spell unethical with out UN….

LukeHandCool | June 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

“The US, Canada, and Palau are the only countries that joined Israel in objecting to the agenda, which passed with an automatic approval of 154 states.”

154 to four?? You’ve gotta be kidding me. There is no “international community.” At least no international community of which I want to become a member.

LukeHandCool (who has always been a bit of a loner).

pyromancer76 | June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

It is time that the TeaParty Movement begin a serious “defund” of all UN activities (and its N.Y. home). As stated above, the Human Rights Council is largely funded by the Arabs whom we have been “funding” since the 1970s with our oil money. We now have abundant natural resources to keep ourselves in business (no pun intended) and to fund our true allies. Two with one blow. How much would we save and how much could we invest in the U.S.?

In addition, the IPCC would have many fewer funds. It is the start of a new era of abundance. We are beginning the sweep-out of the old Post-WWII era and its affluence (“almost” all used up) in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Kerrvillian | June 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This is yet another reason why we need to vote for ANYONE other than Barack Obama.

Having ridden affirmative action and machine politics to the White House he is hoping to slither into running “the world” from the UN.

He needs to do that from retirement, on his own dime, not from our taxpayer debt while marking time until 2016.

Anytime some idiot simpers that s/he “can’t criticize Israel” without being called “antisemitic”, point out loudly that when they act like the HRC and hold Israel to a different standard then all other countries, yes indeedy, they are being antisemitic.

I’d go so far as to say “De-fund and dismantle the entire UN.” Does it have any useful functions, anymore? What few remain can probably be improved by being detached and set up as separate agencies. The overall organization, though, is a waste of billions and, when not doing nothing, does harm.

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Defund the entire UN, IMO. Go back and review any document in the US government file that mentions the UN and repeal it.

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