United Nations condemnations and bias against Israel is nothing new. As UN peacekeepers fled from danger in Syria to Israeli safety earlier this week, there is a fair amount of absurdities to reflect upon.
A few days ago the United Nations said it temporarily evacuated hundreds of peacekeeping forces from Syria’s side of the Golan Heights to Israel-controlled territory, saying the troops were threatened by escalating fighting in Syria’s civil war.
Evacuated to the same Israel that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), has condemned more than any other country in the world. UNbelievable.
The move marks a major redeployment for the 1,200-member United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has monitored a 40-year-old truce between Israel and Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur war.
Redeployed to the same Israel that once had the United Nations equate Zionism with racism, and only a few years ago had to deal with efforts to do so again. UNthinkable.
“The situation in UNDOF on the Syrian side and the area of separation has deteriorated severely over the last several days,” a UN statement said. “Armed groups have made advances in the area of UNDOF positions, posing a direct threat to the safety and security of the UN Peacekeepers.”
Now safe in the same Israel that has witnessed the UNHRC resolve almost more resolutions against Israel since its inception, than on the rest of the world combined. UNproportional.
The UN said it moved the peacekeepers from Camp Faouar, a base inside of Syria, to UN positions on the Israeli side of the border. It also relocated critical equipment from the bases to areas under Israeli control.
Relocated to the same Israel which at the 2001 UN Durban conference against racism was singled out for disproportionate critique, treating violations of human rights and genocide in other parts of the world secondarily. UNreal.
The decision comes less than a week after Syrian rebel forces led by Nusra Front released 45 UN peacekeepers from Fiji after holding them captive for two weeks. Rebel groups also had surrounded UNDOF posts with Filipino peacekeepers. None of the UN troops were injured.
The same Israel who witnessed the UN Durban II conference against racism as “a platform for the most egregious expression of Jew-hatred seen on the international stage so far this century.” -Denis MacShane, former UK Foreign Office minister. UNbearable.
The United Nations condemnations against Israel and its obsession with the only democracy in the Middle East are painfully obvious and biased.
I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.
A UK company called Maplecroft has been assessing and ranking nations for the most serious human rights offenses since 2008. In that first year 20 nations were listed as “extreme” offenders. Freedom of speech, press, religion and movement along with freedom from death, torture and slavery are all considered basic human rights. Another important criteria used is employment and work conditions. A total of 31 indices of measurement were generated to produce 197 individual nations’ scores and rankings from low in human rights violations to medium, high and extreme.
This past December the group released its 2014 findings announcing a 70% increase in nations falling into the extreme category of worst human rights offenders. According to Maplecroft, the ten worst offenders of human rights around the globe in descending order are Syria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Yemen and Nigeria. Of all nations assessed, those measured with the most significant spikes this year in violating human rights are Syria, Egypt, Libya, Mali and Guinea-Bissau.
Israel is not even near the world’s worst human rights violators, let alone on that list of extreme offenders. Yet it is to Israel that the UNHRC is sending “an independent international fact-finding mission to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law” in wake of the recent Hamas-Israel war.
The same Israel that this week welcomed and accommodated UN international peacekeepers fleeing Syria seeking safety and refuge in our country. UNashamed.
As for the next group of UN officials on their way to Israel, the UNHRC has appointed William Schabas as head of their fact-finding mission – a man who repeatedly has exposed himself as strongly biased against Israel and its leaders.