After years of being thrown under the bus, Israel was bound to snap. And that’s what happened when the U.N. Human Rights met to discuss more items to condemn Israel.
A Palestinian representative started it off by stating, “Israel has used the worst kind of abuse … ethnic cleansing and imposing a regime of apartheid.” Okay, I guess we are just ignoring the fact that roughly 20 percent of Israel’s population is Arab… But go on.
Qatar, not even willing to say the name of the Jewish state: “Israel continues to exercise apartheid in Palestine.”
Sudan: “Violence and terrorism are being exercised against the Palestinian people.”
Syria: “These violations include building of apartheid walls to legitimize the theft of land and to Judaize Jerusalem.”
Bahrain: “The separation wall is an example of the apartheid policy practiced by Israel.”
Saudi Arabia (quick fact, they ban Israelis from visiting their country): “Israel’s practices of discrimination as well as extremism …”
No more! Hillel Neuer of UN Watch had enough. He responded,
Mr. President, let me begin by putting the following on the record. Everything we just heard, from the world’s worst abusers of human rights, of women’s rights, of freedom of religion, of the press, of assembly, of speech, is absolutely false, and indeed, Orwellian. Today’s report does not consider Israelis to be deserving of human rights, consistent with the approach of this council, where today’s notorious agenda item against Israel completely ignores their human rights.
Over the weekend, President Abbas announced he was giving his highest medal to Rima Khalaf, who resigned from the Economic Commission of Western Asia, a Beirut-based agency of 18 Arab states, after Secretary General Guterres rightly instructed her to remove an absurd report which accused Israel of “apartheid.” Mr. President, why is Mr. Abbas celebrating a report written by the notorious Richard Falk after his own Palestinian mission here tried in 2010 to remove Mr. Falk on the basis that he was “a partisan of Hamas,” as we know from Wikileaks? The accusation against Israel is absurd. Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs –
At that point, the Palestinian delegate interrupted:
“More than one statement goes beyond the mandate of this sitting … using unacceptable terms about Ms. Rima Khalaf. So we would like this to be stopped!”
Egypt wanted to get their two cents in as well:
“We have noticed some terms which are humiliating vis-à-vis the Council and we call for the respect of our traditions in the Human Rights Council.”
They have got to be joking right now!
Finally, Neuer got to say his piece:
“Thank you, Mr. President. Israel’s 1.5 million Arabs, whatever challenges they face, enjoy full rights to vote and to be elected to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament); they work as doctors and lawyers; they serve on the Supreme Court.
Now I’d like to ask that commission that commissioned that report, the Arab states from which we just heard, Egypt, Iraq, and the others: How many Jews live in your countries? How many Jews lived in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco? Once upon a time, the Middle East was full of Jews. Algeria had 140,000 Jews. Algeria, where are your Jews? Egypt had 75,000 Jews. Where are your Jews? Syria, you had tens of thousands of Jews. Where are your Jews? Iraq, you had over 135,000 Jews. Where are your Jews?
Mr. President, where is the real apartheid? Why is there a U.N. Commission on the Middle East that does not include Israel? From the 1960’s and the 70’s they refuse to include Israel. Where is the apartheid, Mr. President?”
Guess who chimed in after that? That’s right, no one. Utter silence.
“Mr. President, why are we today meeting on an agenda item singling out only one state, the Jewish state, for targeting? Where is the apartheid, Mr. President?”
Again, no one spoke up. You would think they would feel shame and embarrassment. They are incapable of that. Hence, silence ensued.
H/T: The Daily Wire