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January 30, 2008

UNHRC Endorses Anti-Israel Charter

The Jerusalem Post ( 'UNHRC endorsed anti-Semitic charter', Jan. 29, 2008)
reports that UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental agency that monitors the United Nations, "has urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to clarify a recent endorsement of the Arab Charter of Human Rights, which it said 'contains several provisions that promote classically anti-Semitic themes.' " These provisions vilify, denigrate and demonize Zionism, the movement for Jewish self-determination and statehood, by equating it with racism, describing it as a threat to world peace and as an enemy of human rights and human dignity, and urging its elimination (an implicit call for the destruction of Israel).

Citing these provisions, UN Watch condemns the Arab charter as blatantly anti-Semitic, and adds that "nothing can justify any endorsement of a text with such hateful language."

One could add that the charter is also at odds with a United Nations decision nearly two decades ago to repudiate the false, hateful and venomous equation of Zionism with racism.

To read UN Watch's full letter to Arbour, click here.

- Stephen Silver

Posted by LG at January 30, 2008 02:40 PM


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