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The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday issued a call to disband the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry on Israel, after one of its members claimed that social media is controlled by a "Jewish lobby" and questioned why the Jewish state is a member of the United Nations.

“The Conference of Presidents and members of its United Nations (UN) Working Group today sent UN Secretary General António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres a letter condemning the despicable, antisemitic remarks made by UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) member Miloon Kothari and demanding the immediate dissolution of the open-ended COI,” said Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, in a statement.

“Kothari invoked dangerous antisemitic tropes during a media interview, where he singled-out Israel and questioned its legitimacy – while also spreading the age-old hateful canard that Jews conspire to control the media,” they added.

“The Conference has repeatedly warned about anti-Israel bias infecting the UN body, most recently in a letter on February 7, 2022, urging the Secretary General to ensure that the COI does not present reports that will unfairly criticize Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.”

“Kothari’s remarks not only affirm this alarming bias, but also directly violate the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) rules and guidance for members, which state, 'members [of such commissions and missions] should, in all cases, have a proven record of independence and impartiality. It is also important to ensure that the background of candidates, prior public statements or political or other affiliations, do not affect their independence or impartiality, or create perception of bias,'” the Jewish leaders said.

“Since the UN General Assembly admitted Israel as a member state, there have been numerous attempts to deprive it of this membership. In view of the recent comments made by Kothari, as well as previous incendiary remarks made by other Commission members, Navi Pillay and Christopher Dominic Sidoti, we call on the Secretary General to end this shameful farce and help disband the harmful COI,” they concluded.

Kothari is not the only member of the UN commission of inquiry to have come under fire. The committee’s chairperson, Navi Pillay, has a history of anti-Israel statements as well.

In 2014, she condemned Israel for "targeting" UN-run schools and hospitals in Gaza, while failing to mention three UN-run schools in Gaza had been used as rocket warehouses, a gross violation of international law that clearly falls within the category of war crimes.

Weeks before that, Pillay opened an emergency UN debate on Gaza by saying there is a "strong possibility" that Israel is violating law in Gaza, and that could amount to war crimes.

She said the killing of Gaza civilians, especially children, raises concerns on Israel's precautions and respect for proportionality.

Israel has announced that it will not cooperate with the UN probe, noting Pillay has endorsed “the shameful libel” branding Israel an apartheid nation and backed the boycott movement against Israel.

(Israel National News' North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Israel National News articles, however, is Israeli time.)