Watchdog Group Blasts UN Human Rights Council for Anti-Israel Session


U.N. Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer blasted the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday for its session targeting Israel.

Member countries of the international body had the right to speak first. One-by-one, countries including Russia, Iran, and Turkey spoke out against Israel. They accused the Jewish state of illegally occupying Palestinian territories and committing human rights violations including genocide.

After the countries spoke, non-governmental organizations were recognized to speak to the body. Most of these groups also condemned Israel.

Neuer was one of the few voices to speak in Israel's defense and took his chance to castigate the body, accusing it of being anti-Semitic.

"As I look around the room, I note for the record that as Oman, Lebanon, and others complain, the United States, Canada, Australia, all European Union member states, Japan, and other established democracies have boycotted this debate," Neuer said. "I have stayed to explain why."

"The democracies are absent to protest prejudice because this is the only agenda item that singles out one specific state, the Jewish state, for differential and discriminatory treatment," Neuer said. "Not Syria, not Sudan, not North Korea is treated this way."

Neuer pointed out that the Palestinian leadership refused to condemn an attack at a Jewish holy site on Friday carried out by Palestinian terrorists.

"Democracies like the U.S. and Canada have stayed away because this debate is designed to invert terrorist and victim," Neuer said.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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