New York, NY, March 25, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called the passage of five resolutions condemning Israel in the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva "deja vu all over again."
"Lacking in context, chock-full of every possible violation allegedly committed by Israel, the near automatic passage of these resolutions is deja vu all over again," said Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The Human Rights Council continues to be a leading promoter of the coordinated international campaign to dehumanize the Israeli people and delegitimize and demonize the democratic State of Israel."
On the council's permanent agenda, item number 7 deals exclusively with Israel, giving the council an excuse each session to cast Israelis as ultimate evil-doers and to attack the Jewish State. Four of the resolutions passed on Wednesday are recycled from previous sessions. In each of these votes, the United States was the sole country voting against the resolution, out of 47 member nations.
The fourth resolution dealt with the biased Goldstone Report, the HRC-mandated report purporting to investigate Israel's operation in Gaza. While the Goldstone Report makes a panoply of recommendations, this resolution goes further and calls for the appointment of a panel of "experts" to "monitor and assess" any investigation undertaken by Israel and the Palestinians.Israel has already submitted to the U.N. Secretary General a comprehensive report on its investigations into incidents during the operation.
"Given the HRC's record on 'assessing' Israel, it does not take much imagination to foresee such a panel's dishonest conclusions," said Messrs. Sugarman and Foxman. "The United States should be lauded for its principled stand against these proceedings. We are greatly disturbed that by abstaining, France, Belgium and Great Britain were accessories to passage of this resolution."
The U.S.voted against the Goldstone resolution, and was joined by the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy and Ukraine.