The United Nations once again established its reputation as a forum for smearing and delegitimizing the State of Israel. The UN’s Economic and Social Council passed a resolution condemning Israel as the only country in the world that violates women’s rights.

The 54-nation UN council passed the resolution by a margin of 40 to 2, with nine abstentions. The United States and Canada were the only member nations that voted against the resolution. The supporters of the move included the who’s who of the leading violators of women’s and human rights such as Iran, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Sudan. India, Israel’s prominent defense ally, joined the arch-rival Pakistan in condemning the Jewish State. Germany and the United Kingdom were among nine nations that abstained from voting.

The resolution condemned Israel for defending its borders against thousands of armed Hamas demonstrators who have tried to break into Israel from the Gaza border since March 2018. Israel’s armed forces have repelled several intrusion attempts orchestrated by the terrorist group Hamas since last year. These armed intrusions, repeatedly described by some mainstream media outlets as ‘peaceful demonstrations,’ have been accompanied by a barrage of rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli civilians by Gaza-based jihadi organizations, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The UN council expressed it’s “grave concern” over the “deaths of and injuries caused to civilians, including children, women, and peaceful demonstrators,” the four-page resolution said. The UN did not convey any concern for the lives of Israeli civilians during these deadly terrorist operations.

The resolution claimed that Israel undermines the “ability of the Palestinian Government to protect Palestinian women and girls.” The UN ignored the violent suppression carried out by the PLO-controlled Palestinian Authority and Hamas against their civilians, in the West Bank and Gaza.

The UN Watch reported the details of the anti-Israel resolution:

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan were among members of the UN’s 54-nation economic and social council, a principal organ of the world body, who voted to single out and condemn Israel yesterday as the only country in the world that violates women’s rights.

The Jewish state was harshly and repeatedly condemned in a resolution, adopted 40 to 2 with 9 abstentions and 3 absent (see breakdown below), for allegedly being the “major obstacle” for Palestinian women “with regard to their advancement, self-reliance, and integration in the development of their society.”

Out of 20 items on the UN Economic and Social Council’s 2018-2019 agenda, only one — Item No. 16 against Israel — focuses on condemning a specific country. All the other focus areas concern global topics such as disaster relief assistance and the use of science and technology for development.

The resolution completely ignores how Palestinian women’s rights are impacted by their own governing authorities—the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas in Gaza—nor does it mention how women are discriminated against within patriarchal Palestinian society.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the international body for the absurd vote. “It amazes me how the U.N. condones votes like these,” she wrote on Twitter. “It is a total mockery of human rights to allow Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Yemen to name Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights.”

“The UN reached new heights of absurdity by singling out Israel alone on women’s rights, yet saying nothing on Iran holding women’s rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh behind bars, Saudi Arabia jailing and torturing women’s rights activists, and subjugating women under harsh male guardianship laws, or on Yemen denying women hospital treatment without the permission of a male relative,” said Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch.

The noted Israeli writer and former humanitarian officer in the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) Hen Mazzig also slammed the UN for the malicious move. “The UN just condemned Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights, backed by votes of council members Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen,” he tweeted. “That’s just heads up for the next time someone sources a UN report to make a point about Israel.”

While the UN council smeared the only democracy in the Middle East, an image appeared on social media of a Hamas recruit carrying out shooting practice. It showed his rifle resting on the food sacks provided by the UN. The photograph, taken at the Hamas’ terrorist ‘summer camp,’ is symbolic of the world body’s funding and support for the terror campaign against Israel. The UN-funded Palestinian ‘relief’ agency, or UNRWA, has repeatedly faced accusations of harboring terrorists within its ranks and allowing its facilities and resources to be used to influence Palestinian children in the twin ideologies of Islamic jihad and Jew-hatred.

Israeli politician Einat Wilf speaks on anti-Israeli Bias at the UN (March 18, 2019)

[Cover image via YouTube]

 
 
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