Israel is the only country excluded from the U.N.'s regional
is located in Asia, yet it is barred from Asian group membership
at the U.N., due to an Arab boycott. As a result, it is the
only country without regional group affiliation, the other
four being the Western European and Others Group, the Eastern
European Group, the African Group, and the Latin American
Group. These groups are important, because they act as diplomatic
working groups on almost every issue to be discussed.
groups also propose candidates to be elected to the various
U.N. bodies, like the Security Council and the Commission
on Human Rights.
Israel does not belong to any group, it is the only country
of 190 member states that is not eligible to serve on the
numerous U.N. commissions. Recently the Western European and
Others Group, which includes the U.S., Canada, Australia and
New Zealand as "others" now invites Israel to take part in
discussions in New York, but Israel will not be allowed to
stand for election.
In recent years, the U.N. Commission
on Human Rights has annually passed five resolutions condemning
Israel. This year, they passed seven.
each of the following countries/regions has been the subject
of only one resolution: Afghanistan, Burundi, Congo, Cuba,
Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Russia/Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Southeast
Europe and Sudan.
focus is aggravated by allocating a separate agenda item to
criticism of Israel, while all other countries are discussed
collectively under a different item.
this year even contained a camouflaged endorsement of Palestinian
a General Assembly resolution from 1982 (No. 37/43), which
approves of resistance to occupation " by all available means."
is a special rapporteur who is assigned by the commission
to examine Israel's actions. Rapporteurs for other countries
for Israel is mandated to investigate "violations," thus prejudging
the outcome of his report.
is the only one that is not periodically reviewed by the members
of the commission.
reports are always one-sided, because the mandate requires
that Israeli practices be investigated and not Palestinian
practices, even in the same geographical area.
ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Agenda item 8
QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE OCCUPIED
ARAB TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PALESTINE
Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea*,
Jordan*, Kuwait*, Lebanon*, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia,
Oman*, Pakistan, Qatar*, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab
Tunisia*, United Arab Emirates*, Yemen*, Zimbabwe: draft resolution
unanimous vote of the Security Council to set up a committee
to investigate the Jenin "massacre" was an example of typical
U.N. double-dealing where Israel is concerned
never occurred to the U.N. Security Council to set up a special
committee to investigate Mr. Arafat's 18-month suicide bombing
when Israel counterattacks, it's a massacre !
Robinson, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, says
the Israeli defense move was "in total violation of human
words, suicide bombing terrorism against civilians is legitimate,
resistance to such terrorism is illegitimate.
Nov. 29 is the United Nations Day of International Solidarity
with the Palestinian People.
No other people has a U.N. Day of Solidarity.
marks the anniversary of the General Assembly's 1947 Partition
Plan, known as Resolution 181.
the Arab states pushed through a General Assembly resolution
to place the U.N. offices in New York and Geneva at the disposal
of speakers from the League of Arab States, the Organization
of the Islamic Conference and the two unique U.N. committees
mentioned above ‹ the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable
Rights of the Palestinian People and the Special Committee
to Investigate Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories.
speeches, Israel is accused of the most heinous of crimes:
genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and last
year terrorism was added to the list.
Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians all happens under
U.N. auspices and is paid for by the U.N.
Israel is the only state to which a special investigator with
"an open-ended mandate to inspect its human rights record"
is assigned by the U.N.
It is the only state targeted by two special committees and
special units of the U.N. Secretariat ostensibly devoted to
the Palestinians but in reality dedicated to Israel-bashing
worldwide, costing millions of dollars a year.
Israel is the only state that has been the subject of two
blood libels at the U.N. ‹ the murder of Christian children
to make matzo (1991) and infecting Christian children with
the HIV virus (1997). Both instances happened at the U.N.
Commission on Human Rights. In 1991, the Syrian delegate accused
Israel of murdering children to use their blood for matzo.
In 1997, the Palestinian delegate accused Israel of injecting
300 Palestinian children with HIV-infected blood.
It is the only state that since 1982 has been the subject
of two emergency special sessions of the General Assembly.
It is the only state whose aggressors in three wars have gone
unchallenged in the Security Council.