The court is in session

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was created to promote and protect human rights around the world. It was founded in March 2006 and comprises 47 members – many of them Islamic and third world countries including Algeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia and Romania – bastions of democracy, all noted for their exemplary track records on human rights. To satisfy the Council’s insatiable obsession with Israel bashing, Israel is a fixed agenda item at each Council session. Since inception, the UNHRC has adopted a total of 109 resolutions – 50 of these condemn Israel. Impressive in light of what’s going on around the world.

At its most recent session, the UNHRC decided to set up an “independent International Commission” to investigate Israel’s conduct during Operation Protective Edge. The UNHRC also passed a resolution strongly condemning “the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military operations carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem since June 13, 2014 that may amount to international crimes, directly resulting in the killing of Palestinians and the wanton destruction of homes, vital infrastructure and public properties”. Essentially, this resolution pre-determines Israel’s guilt on all counts.

The Commission’s mandate is riddled with basic flaws.

It excludes any investigation into the use of UN facilities in Gaza to support the Hamas war effort.

It excludes any investigation into the complicity of senior UNRWA officials in actively aiding and abetting Hamas terror activity in the recent escalation of hostilities.

It excludes any investigation into the random firing of missiles on Israeli civilian population centers.

It excludes any investigation into UNRWA complicity in the construction of the terror tunnel network by fraudulently diverting building materials intended for civilian infrastructure to create the Hamas state of the art terror infrastructure.

There is documented evidence that UN facilities in Gaza were used to store and launch missiles on Israeli civilian population centers. One of the UN buildings was booby-trapped and claimed the lives of 3 Israeli soldiers. This could not have happened without the knowledge and complicity of senior UN officials but this will not be the subject of any inquiry. Twenty-five of the 27 members of the UNWRA executive in Gaza are Hamas operatives. Doesn’t this constitute a significant conflict of interests?

Why limit the Commission’s mandate to investigating only Israel’s military operations? Why doesn’t the Commission’s mandate include Hamas’ military operations? Obviously, the UNHRC deems unprovoked random firing of missiles on civilian populations from power plants, public buildings and civilian concentrations using women and children as human shields are consistent with “international human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

The Commission’s mandate deliberately excludes context from the inquiry.

Why begin on June 13? That’s simple. The 3 Jewish students were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas operatives on June 12. The murderers have not yet been apprehended. The same people whose “fundamental freedoms” the Council is dedicated to upholding, continue to provide safe homes for the murderers. The “independent International Commission” conveniently excludes this from the context.

Why include East Jerusalem? That’s also easy. The despicable murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir was committed in East Jerusalem after June 13. The UNHRC wants to pin this crime on Israel as a country. Unlike the murderers of the three Jewish students, Abu Khdeir’s murderer and accomplices have been arrested and currently await trial.

So the court’s in session. Here comes the judge…

This “independent, International Commission” will be chaired by William Schabas, Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, who is on record saying he would like to see Benyamin Netanyahu put on trial at the International Criminal Court for his complicity in Operation Caste Lead. He apparently isn’t aware that Netanyahu wasn’t in office at the time. Why allow facts to confuse the objective?

In any western country, pre-judgmental and biased comments by a judge would disqualify him from judging the case. Even courts of law in Chad and Sudan wouldn’t stoop to these levels. This, however, is the United Nations. No limit to how low the UN can go.

The UNHRC is occupied territory. It is controlled by corrupt third world regimes who abuse its platform to promote their self-serving and hypocritical agendas. They have no historical right to this territory. Their traditions don’t embrace human rights. They don’t speak its language.

For its own sake, the Council must be liberated by the leaders of the free world so it can fulfill the mission for which it was created. Gross violations of human rights go uninvestigated and unpunished because these corrupt bigots have hi-jacked and continue to occupy the body created by the international community to protect and enhance human rights.

I’m not a lawyer and even I see through this transparent and flagrant abuse of authority to promote the UNHRC’s warped political agenda. This is not a Commission of Inquiry created in good faith but a charade intended to stage a show trial for the sole purpose of discrediting Israel.

By its actions, the UNHCR bestows its blessing on the tidal wave of anti-Semitism currently sweeping streets and campuses around the world. It is complicit in the movement to demonize and delegitimize Israel with a view to creating the public opinion to justify Israel’s annihilation.

About the Author
Harris Zvi Green was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Aged 77, he made Aliyah 53 years ago. An accountant by profession, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for a number of Israel based hi-tech companies. He is married to Phyllis. They have 3 married children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Harris Zvi Green is a founder member of Truth be Told, an organization engaged in public diplomacy on behalf of Israel.