web analytics
March 1, 2015 / 10 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


NO-SHOW SHOWDOWN

Israel Tells UN What It Can Do with its Human Rights Review

Egypt's representative declared that the council faced "a moment of truth."

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor.
Photo Credit: Erlend Skevik

On Tuesday, Israel became the first country to boycott a UN Human Rights Council review of its rights situation, and now the world is debating how to respond, AFP reported.

“I see that the delegation of Israel is not in the room,” council president Remigiusz Henczel told the delegates at the United Nations in Geneva.

Israel is not a member of the council, but all 193 UN countries are required to undergo Universal Periodic Reviews (UPRs) of their human rights situation. But last March Israel cut all ties with the Council, after it announced that it would probe how Israeli settlements are infringing on the rights of the Palestinians.

“We cut all our contacts with the council last March, including the current activity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP, adding: “Our policy has not changed.”

It’s the first time since the reviews began, in 2007, that a country under evaluation chooses to be absent without an explanation.

Council president Henczel called on the council to adopt a draft decision on the way it should respond to the snub by the Jewish state, suggesting it should urge Israel to resume its cooperation with the UPR process.

He also suggested that Israel’s review be rescheduled for no later than during the UPR session starting in October, 2013.

Egypt’s representative declared that the council faced “a moment of truth.”

He warned that a “soft” approach towards Israel would create a dangerous precedent and leave “a wide-open door for more cases of non-cooperation.”

Israel’s main ally in the council, the United States, supported Henczel’s proposal, with ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe insisting – without mentioning Israel by name – that the text reflected the “best effort to find common ground and to protect the UPR mechanism going forward.”

Britain called for a “proportionate and balanced conclusion.”

Ireland’s representative for the European Union supported a “consensual” way forward.

The Pakistani representative would have none of that: “We wonder … whether this kind of cooperative spirit would be extended to some other countries that are not as close to some of the major powers in the world,” he said.

The council adopted Henczel’s proposal.

AFP noted that Israel “has long accused the Human Rights Council of singling it out, noting that it is the only country to have a specific agenda item dedicated to it at every meeting of the council, and that the body has passed an inordinate number of resolutions against it.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

17 Responses to “Israel Tells UN What It Can Do with its Human Rights Review”

  1. Richard Sandler says:

    I agree 100% that the UN is stacked with totalitarian fascist regimes haveing the gaul to rate Israel a free and democratic nation.

  2. Richard Sandler says:

    Fascist totalitarian regimes are rating Israel….who is rating them?

  3. Ryan Clarkson says:

    so 193 countries are in the wrong while israel is in the right in this story?

  4. Frank Qalman says:

    Sure. It's the same with Germany 1936 – 96% of the Germans woted for you know whom.

  5. I AM CALLING FOR A NATIONAL BOYCOTT BY JEWS OF ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST PROGRAM WHERE HATIKAVAH IS INTENTIONALLY EXLUDED DUE TO MUSLIM PRESSURE OR CLERGY WHO SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE. PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  6. Ron Kall says:

    Ryan, Israel is in the right when only Israel out of the 193 countries is singled out for this obvious politically motivated abuse.

  7. Jay Sprueill says:

    I wonder how many of those 193 council members have ever been to ISRAEL?

  8. Hurrah for Israel! The world has yet to understand what Israel is…and they never will – they don't have the inner core belief that "fires" the Israeli people. I'm a Christian that supports Israel unconditionally! Shalom

  9. I am a suport Israel in their rights, to defend them selves and their government. I am considered by those of Jewish faith to be a gentile Christina. I stand with them, and behind them. Praise G-d, may He bless and keep them. I pray for the peace of Israel on G-d's terms.

  10. Harold Taback says:

    And the USA and Europe support this anti-semitic and discredited organization.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Human Rights is tainted be who are present, like the Egyptians, the Pakistanis, etc. Did Syria have an honored seat?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ryan Clarkson Are you insinuating that cesspool in NY, that hotbed of anti-Americanism, is impartial to Israel?

  13. Richard Sandler says:

    Ryan….count again. Stop creating your own facts. " We are all entitled to our opinions but not our own facts." Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

  14. They are all bullies picking on the little country of Israel. shame on them.

  15. They are all bullies picking on the little country of Israel. shame on them.

  16. Egypt is sort of correct. No one should participate since the council is a fraud.

  17. Daniel Shapiro says:

    With 193 member countries of the un, only 13 resolutions were passed by the unhrc. 1 to each of 7 countries and SIX to ONE country, Israel. Membership of the unhrc includes: Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, China, Cuba, Jordan, Congo, Kuwait, Russian Federation, Libya, Malaysia, Uruguay, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Uganda This list of member countries includes some of the worst despotic regimes on the face of the earth.

    Can reasonable people argue convincingly, no… HONESTLY, that there is not a clear and present bias against Israel. My guess, ryan is that you aren't interested in right or wrong.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress.
Netanyahu addresses the Joint Session of Congress
Latest News Stories
Herzog and Livni at a campaign stop in Tel Aviv.

Herzog, Livni and their media backers have thrown everything at Netanyahu. Voters are not impressed.

Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to reporters with his wife at his side at Ben Gurion Airport Sunday morning.

He said his mission is “fateful, maybe even historic.”

Israel Air Force attack jet.

The report seems unbelievable, but the newspaper has an interesting track record.

Snow is uniting the American people, so to speak. An area in every one of the 50 states, including Hawaii, will see snow this week, according to the WeatherBell site. This week will be the first time since 2012 that even Florida will see snow. New York is expected to get another 3-4 inches today, […]

A link for the poll is provided below. Deadline is today.

On Thursday evening, students at the Orot Etzion Boys Elementary School in Efrat reenacted different Biblical scenes as part of an interactive live art/Torah exhibition for the month of Adar. Every floor, corner, class and even staircase of the school (think Jacob’s ladder) showed off exhibits and models the students put together by themselves. In […]

The Israeli decision came, according to al-Jarida, in response to U.S. and Iran secret talks—behind Israel’s back—over Iran’s nuclear program.

A proposed law would require the Senate to approve the deal. Obama threatens to veto it.

Free speech is cherished, but hate displays on Sacramento home quite disturbing.

Democrats did not sponsor but also did not try to block the resolution.

The Left-Right division remains almost the same, but a National Unity government is also feasible.

Kerry called Abbas about “financial viability” of the Palestinian Authority and efforts “to prevent a crisis.”

“I Respect the President Barak Obama.” That’s what he said. We don’t know what meant.

Three car accident near Beit Shemesh on Saturday evening. At least 10 injured.

On February 10, Nemtsov wrote in a news website, “I’m afraid Putin will kill me.”

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
French Aliyah

“Israel is the home of every Jew,” the Prime Minister told the Cabinet Sunday.

Screenshot of Copenhagen terrorist before police killed him.

Rabbis and Jewish leaders soon will take self-defense courses to protect themselves against terrorists.

Most Swedes have never realized that one minority group may expose another minority group to violence and intimidation.

Pres. Reuven Rivlin launches joint project with ‘Collective Impact’ to integrate Israeli Arab workers into private business sector.

Eulogies for the fourth Jewish victims at the attack on a kosher deli in Paris last week were held in Bnei Brak Tuesday.

The Declaration of Independence is the first document reflecting Jewish sovereignty since the time of the Hashmonean kingdom.

Aliyah was up by 32 percent compared with 2013.

Just in time for the United Nations Security Council to think twice about recognizing the PA.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-tells-un-what-it-can-do-with-its-human-rights-review/2013/01/29/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: