The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) gathered on Monday to discuss five resolutions about Israel.
Unfortunately, the international body was unable to look into other pressing issues, such as the expansion of ISIS; Iran and North Korea's violations of UN weapons resolutions; and attacks on civilians in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
This is partially due to the body's infamous Item 7, which requires a review of Israel's human rights record during every session. There is no parallel to this for any other country in the world.
According to the schedule, the group will focus on Israeli human rights violations from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Issues as diverse as poverty, the mistreatment of women, xenophobia, indigenous peoples, migrant workers, children's rights, torture, education and more will then be crammed into the three-hour afternoon session.
The HRC was established in 2006 as a replacement for the Commission on Human Rights, partially because of the CHR's strong bias against Israel. Despite the change in structure, the HRC has adopted 61 resolutions against Israel over the past ten years, in comparison with a total of 73 resolutions against all other countries.
Israel's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Eviatar Manor, noted that "In the course of the last three weeks, thousands demonstrated on the Place des Nations demanding the UN’s attention. But we are sorry to tell them that they are wasting their time. The Human Rights Council is only obsessed with the fate of the Palestinians, and prefers to close its eyes to other critical Human Rights violations. It consistently disregards the human rights of Israelis. In fact, it does not care for them at all."
He added, "As long as the HRC does not undergo a behavioral therapy to treat its obsession with Israel, we will not cooperate with these biased mechanisms".