US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review – Israel National News http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=164553
“We have encouraged the Israelis to come to the council and to tell their story and to present their own narrative of their own human rights situation,” said Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the United Nations’ Human RightsCouncil in Geneva, AFP reported. Israel cut all ties with the biased 47-member state council last March after it announced that it would probe how Israeli communities beyond the green line may be infringing on the rights of the Arab population. “The United States is absolutely, fully behind the,Universal Periodic Review and we do not want to see the mechanism in any way harmed,” Donahoe said, responding to questions at a conference at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She said the council and its president, Remigiusz Henczel of Poland, had been working tirelessly to determine if the review should go ahead even if Israel doesn’t participate, as well as what kind of sanctions might be appropriate. “Our very strong hope is that the outcome protects the two overriding values of universality … and the cooperative, collaborative nature of the process,” Donahoe said, according to AFP.”…. …”We see (this) as a structural bias against Israel,” Donahoe said, However, “UPR is different… (It) is a tool that treats all countries equally and is universally applicable,” she said, maintaining that it would be in Israel’s interest to take part in the review. ”…..
So Obama ”the greatest friend Israel has ever had” is urging Israel to submit to a ”review” of its Human Rights record by the rabidly anti-Israel UN Human Rights Commission. (fn1) This comes at a time when Richard Falk –that commission’s Special Rapporteur to the Palestinians– has once again equated Israel to Nazi Germany & added that Hamas is the equivalent of the French Resistance. (fn2) Previously Falk promoted a virulently anti-semitic book ”The Wandering Who?” by Gilad Atzmon(fn3),posted a Anti-semitic cartoon,(see the attached photos & fn4) ,& called for a new investigation into 9/11. (fn5) Falk himself will not conduct the review,but it is grimly ironic that his latest outlandish statement comes at the same time that Israel’s ”friend” Obama is pressuring the country to submit to this farce of a review. Footnotes: fn1. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Human_Rights_Council Jackson Diehl – A Shadow on the Human Rights Movement http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/24/AR2007062401373.html UN’s Ban faults rights council over Israel – Israel News, Ynetnews http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3415619,00.html Human Rights Actions – by UN Body http://www.eyeontheun.org/browse-un.asp?ya=1&sa=1&u=344&un_s=0&ul=1&tp=1&tpn=Resolution The U.N.’s Spokesperson for Suicide Bombers – Anne Bayefsky – National Review Online http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/219025/u-n-s-spokesperson-suicide-bombers/anne-bayefsky Netanyahu to UNHRC: You should be ashamed JPost – Diplomacy & Politics http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=262512 fn2. UN’s Falk Compares Hamas to French Resistance During WWII – Israel National News http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=164647 Falk’s previous comments: U.N. Taps American Jewish Critic of Israel as Rights Expert – The Jewish Daily Forward http://m.forward.com/articles/13037/un-taps-american-jewish-critic-of-israel-as-rights-01560
“Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel & its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty.” …
BBC NEWS | Middle East | UN expert stands by Nazi comments http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7335875.stm fn3. Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book? | New Republic http://www.newrepublic.com/article/politics/97030/atzmon-wandering-who-anti-semitism-israel fn4. Timeline: Richard Falk’s Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Denial, and Non-Apology Apology – UN Watch http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1316871&ct=10896001 fn5 UN’s Falk rejects calls to resign after 9/11 comments JPost – International http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=205767