THE UNITED NATIONS: OPINION: YAIR LAPID 'Stop supporting this travesty'.

Author:Lapid, Yair
Position:A MOMENT DEBATE
 
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Not long ago, I stood in Geneva with hundreds of protesters wrapped in Israeli flags. We stood beneath the Broken Chair Monument opposite the United Nations Human Rights Council. Inside, in the elegant hall, there was a debate--another debate--about Israel.

In the past decade, the council has voted for 67 resolutions condemning Israel and 61 resolutions condemning other human rights abuses around the world. To repeat: The council has condemned Israel, a democratic country that upholds international law, more times than the rest of the world combined. In the same period, more than 400,000 people have been massacred in Syria. There have been wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine. China and Iran carry out capital punishments almost daily.

But Israel is the only country that warrants its own agenda item in the UN Human Rights Council. Agenda item 7 dictates that every time the council meets, there will be a discussion of the "human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories." This discussion happens regardless of whether there have been reports of human rights violations. It happens without a factual examination of the complaints lodged, usually by allies or members of the various terror organizations that are sworn to destroy Israel.

With me under the Broken Chair stood some of the victims of these terror organizations: an impressive young man whose father, an Israeli peace activist, was murdered by a suicide bomber on a Jerusalem bus; a woman who went for a hike with a friend and her Labrador and was attacked by Palestinian terrorists. They stabbed her friend to death, stabbed her dozens of times and then stabbed her dog as well. "I don't know why," she said to me, "but most people are more shocked that they killed the dog than my friend."

After the demonstration, they went to speak before the council. They received a cold and rude reception. While they bore witness to the loss of their loved ones, the delegates ate, intentionally spoke loudly, and walked in and out.

A few months later, the World Health Organization (WHO), another organ of the UN, held its annual meeting, the World Health Assembly. As expected, it dealt with life expectancy, spread of disease and the need for vaccines. But the assembly also included one weird exception: a resolution condemning what it termed the "Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights." Two hundred meters from the Israeli Golan, in Syria, hundreds of thousands of men, women and...

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