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.
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