A United Nations watchdog has criticized the organization for passing multiple resolutions this week condemning Israel for various alleged human rights violations, but making no condemnation of Hamas or other groups or nations, at a time when antisemitism is on the rise.
“The U.N.’s assault on Israel with a torrent of one-sided resolutions, just one month after the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, and on the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, is surreal,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a press release.
“The only purpose of these eight lopsided condemnations is to demonize the Jewish state,” Neuer said. “The world should not be deceived that these annual resolutions advance the cause of peace or human rights in any way.”
The U.N.’s Second Committee, which focuses on Economic and Financial issues, announced the passage of three such resolutions, including one demanding that Israel cease the “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” in the Golan Heights region of Syria.
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Syria drafted and co-sponsored the resolutions, which passed with a vote of 151 in favor to six against — only Canada, Israel, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the U.S. opposed the measure, and 11 members abstained from voting.
“These are Arab lands,” the representative of Syria said after the vote. “They will return to their original legitimate owners sooner or later.”
An Amnesty International report for 2022/23 on human rights abuses and violations around the world noted that “economic and social conditions deteriorated” in Syria even as active hostilities have decreased, with parties committing “gross” human rights abuses “with impunity,” including “war crimes.”
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Neuer called the Syrian-backed resolution “obscene,” adding that it is “astonishing” that the U.N. would support a call for “more people to be handed over” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which has killed “half a million of its own people.”
“The text is morally galling and logically absurd,” Neuer said in a strong rebuke of the U.N., noting that Assad’s forces have killed “more than 3,000 Palestinians” in its conflicts.
“Today’s farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the U.N.’s automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone’s human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations is to scapegoat Israel,” said Neuer.
The U.N. did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment on the resolutions.
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Anne Bayefsky, director of the Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust at Touro University, accused the U.N. of advancing Hamas’ interests by targeting Israel with these resolutions and shifting blame for the current conflict onto Israel.
Bayefsky accused these resolutions of advancing “blood libel,” which refers to false accusations of Jews inciting violence to justify antisemitic responses.
“The statements across the board from the U.N.’s highest officers and so-called “human rights” experts have specific characteristics,” Bayefsky alleged. “They issue slanderous, unverified blood libels; they blame Israel for the genocide against Jews; they exhibit an obscene moral equivalence between a terrorist organization and a democratic state seeking to defend itself; and, most significantly, they deny the Jewish state the U.N. Charter right of self-defense.”
“The degree of disconnect between the U.N. and human decency is perhaps best exemplified by the repeated call for ‘both sides’ or ‘all parties’ to adhere to International law, when one party — Hamas — exists to violate international law, and the other side is doing everything possible to adhere to international law despite all the obstacles placed in their way by Palestinian terrorists themselves,” she added.