Sunday, September 26, 2010

The broken UN dream

Op-ed: UN committees where human right violators reign supreme have become a joke

Yoaz Hendel
Israel Opinion

The new report by the UN Human Rights Council should be framed and posted in every political science class in the world: It would be an advanced lesson on diplomatic cynicism and the broken UN dream.

This time too, in line with the fine tradition of this Council, the probe against Israel was managed with predetermined conclusions and a mandate to find the Jewish state guilty at any price. The documented evidence of Turkish violence, the serious injuries suffered by Navy commandoes, and the proof of preplanned provocation evaporated in the face of the “dozens of testimonies and inquiries” undertaken by the Council.

There are days where you wake up in the morning and tell yourself that we’ve had enough of the typical Jewish suspicion. The world has progressed, and it is more enlightened, open, media-covered, and critical towards itself; a world where every act of injustice is exposed and where it is no longer possible to rewrite history or conceal reality behind words and interests.

Yet then we see the progressive committees of the UN – an organization established in 1945 in order to make humanity’s future better. Every time, they again reveal to us that despite all we’re still stuck in the darkness of the Middle Ages: Justice on behalf of the wealthy, acts of injustice carried out behind the backs of self-righteous figures, and an organization that not only fails to bring any benefit, but often causes damage.

Paradox and parody

There are millions of people worldwide who need someone to speak out on their behalf and an organization that will guarantee their rights. However, when it comes to the UN, even if we ignore the fact that some of its committees grant Israel exclusive treatment, paradox (and parody) is the face of everything.

Here is a partial list of the dignified members of the UN Human Rights Council: Bahrain (since 2007,) Bangladesh (since 2009,) China (since 2009,) Jordan (since 2009,) Malaysia (since 2009,) Pakistan (since 2009,) and Algeria (since 2007.) As we know, these states show genuine concern for human rights in their own countries on a daily basis, so it’s hard not to be impressed by their concern for a single flotilla headed to the tranquil shores of Gaza.

By the way, a partial list of members in the UN committee on the status of women includes Algeria, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the crown jewel – Iran, where sinning women are stoned to death by law.

And these are the critics who issue verdicts against the democratic Israel, while the rest quietly ignore the distortions by the joke which they subsidize,
in the process ignoring the poor souls of this world as well.

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