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A Nation that Stands Apart

The New York Times criticizes Israel for not undergoing the scrutiny of the UN Human Rights Council, while at the same time recognizes the extreme bias the Council shows against Israel.
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Today’s New York Times‘ editorial, Israel Ducks on Human Rights, a day after providing a platform for an anti-Israel, factually wrong op-ed about taking Israel/is to the ICC (and which Julian Ku wrote“If this is the Palestinian strategy to resolve their dispute with Israel, than the prospects for the settlement of this dispute are even more remote than I had previously believed.”), asserts that

Israel has increasingly isolated itself from the world with its hard-line policies on West Bank settlements, the Gaza embargo and other issues. This week, it unwisely set itself further apart with a decision to withhold cooperation from a United Nations Human Rights Council review of its human rights practices. If this paper, or any rational person, still considers the UNHRC objective, unstained,  impartial, considerate, reasonable, unbiased or somehow otherwise actually concerned with human rights and not an Israel-bashing forum whose members have ten times more problems with human rights than Israel while ignoring the human rights fiascoes in other places much worse, not to admit all the complaints against Israel are true, I stress, then the readership of the NYT as well as its editors is to be pitied.  By the way, the U.N. Human Rights Coordinator rep in Jerusalem has not yet replied or acknowledged my appeal.

The editorial even notes:

…The council…is clearly not without faults. More than half of the resolutions passed by the council since it started work in 2006 have focused on Israel and its treatment of Palestinians, and Israel is the only country that is a standing item on the agenda for the council’s biannual meetings.  The council hasn’t always been an effective human rights champion. But… Well, we don’t accept “buts” anymore.

The paper then contradicts itself, saying, “Israel shows not only an unwillingness to undergo the same scrutiny as all other countries.” But there is no “same scrutiny”! That’s the point.

The paper issue a threat or two and then adds that “Any new governing coalition that emerges from Israel’s recent elections should realize that there’s a cost to standing apart.”

Except that “Standing apart” is normative Jewishness. The anti-Semites stand us apart. Media bias stands us apart.Our uniqueness stands us apart. Our history and our achievements stand us apart. The Bible stands us apart. Numbers 23:9: “lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not take the nations into consideration” (my translation).

While it would be better if the nations treated us better, understood us better, aided us more, at the fundamental level, we have to take that “apartness” into consideration.

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About the Author: Yisrael Medad resides in Shiloh and is a foreign media spokesperson for the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities.

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2 Responses to “A Nation that Stands Apart”

  1. Abe Bird says:

    What a NYT joke! "Human rights reviews are an important tool for judging all countries by universal standards and nudging them to make positive changes."? Really?
    As a matter of fact the one who wrote the NYT's editorial explained in the article all the reasons that Israel decided the right decision. But he didn't know he did iti!

  2. THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF WHAT IS PRINTED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ARE FOOLS. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO CRITISIZE ISRAEL. AND THE UN IS A JOKE. THEY HAVE NO POWER AND ARE WORTHLESS. THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO DECLARE A SO-CALLED PALESTINIAN STATE. PALESTINIANS DO NOT EXIST.

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