On his Wednesday’s press briefing, State Dept. Spokesman John Kirby strongly condemned the in Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission’s unreasonable focus on Israel, in a world tormented by so much evil and tyranny. Kirby was asked regarding the US position on the HRC’s latest attack on the Jewish State, a resolution to create a database blacklisting companies that do business with Jews living in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
In case you were wondering, the states currently comprising the HRC are: Algeria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Chad, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Guinea, Kuwait, Libya, Namibia, Pakistan, Sudan, and Venezuela — all stellar paradigms of democracy and, obviously, shamelessness.
Kirby’s response was refreshingly pro-Israel, a rarity under the current administration. Commenting on the Human Rights Council Agenda 7, entitled Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories, which is “specifically directed at Israel,” as he put it, the spokesman said, “we continue to unequivocally oppose the very existence of that agenda item, and therefore, any resolutions at the HRC that come from it.
“We consistently raise our staunch opposition to the council’s bias against Israel. It does not serve the interests of the council to single out one country, in what we believe to be an unbalanced manner. We are concerned about this resolution, calling on the HRC to implement a database of businesses operating in the settlements. And as you know, we strongly oppose Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories. We continue to view it as eroding the prospects for a two-state solution.
“However, the creation of such a database as called for would be – in our view, an unprecedented step by the council. We believe that this is far outside their scope of authority, and although we are not a voting member on the council this year, we remain active as an observer state and will continue to ensure that the council lives up to its mandate. So we are opposed.”
The reported inquired: “So … the logical follow-on is that you’re not going to contribute to this information to this database, right?”
“That would be a logical conclusion,” Kirby answered.
“Okay. Thank you,” the reporter said.