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UNHRC: Stand up and Announce Yourself

Jewish Policy Center

The Board of Trustees of the Jewish Policy Center is appalled, though not surprised, by the adoption by the United Nations Humans Rights Council (UNHRC) of a report accusing Israel of war crimes for its handling of violent, Hamas-orchestrated protests on the border with Gaza Strip.

The voting list is more important than the report:

There were nine votes against the resolution: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Hungary, Togo, and Ukraine.

Fourteen abstentions: Argentina, the Bahamas, Croatia, Congo, Denmark, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Rwanda, Slovakia United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

Twenty-four votes in favor, cast largely by countries for which “human rights” are a cudgel to swing at Israel and not a meaningful concept at home. We were, therefore, saddened to see Chile, Spain, and Mexico on the list along with the usual suspects:Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, and Tunisia.

The report itself is biased, uninformed, and ignorant. The same can be said for those that voted in its favor.