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June 28, 2007

Columnist criticizes U.N. treatment of Israel

Washington Post deputy editorial page editor and columnist Jackson Diehl answered his own question, "where does the global human rights movement stand?," this way:

“Western governments and advocates stand by as the U.N. Human Rights Council bashes Israel”

"If the first year of the United Nations Human Rights Council is any indication, it's grown sick and cynical" (A Shadow on the Human Rights Movement," June 25). Chief example? The council's all-consuming anti-Israel activities.

"While ending the scrutiny of those [Cuba and Belarus] dictatorships, the council chose to establish one permanent and special agenda item: the 'human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.' In other words, Israel (or 'Palestine,' in the council's terminology), alone among the nations of the world, will be subjected to continual and open-ended examination. That's in keeping with the record of the council's first year: Eleven resolutions were directed at the Jewish state. None criticized any other government."

Sudan, China, Zimbabwe, Burma, Syria, Russia, as well Cuba, Belarus and Arab terrorist movements, all real, recurrent and large-scale human rights oppressors, escaped the U.N. council's attention. But Israel, the one country in the Middle East in which human rights are routinely respected, received repeated censure. And Western self-proclaimed rights watchdogs, like Human Rights Watch, accept the travesty, Diehl points out.

George Orwell famously observed that "sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." In "A Shadow on the Human Rights Movement," Diehl fulfills that duty.

Posted by ER at June 28, 2007 03:40 PM


why do i not see publicity aboout Nonie Darwish's book+

Posted by: Anonymous at July 3, 2007 01:03 PM

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