UN Needs Some Self-Examination

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is in dire need of some self-examination. The membership, once chaired by Libya, includes a cast of characters such as China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. This alleged "human rights" committee recently appointed individuals to investigate Israel's war conduct.

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Gary Fitleberg

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The United Nations Human Rights Committee is in dire need of some self-examination. The membership, once chaired by Libya, includes a cast of characters such as China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. This alleged "human rights" committee recently appointed individuals to investigate Israel's war conduct. Among the appointees are a Brazilian diplomat, a Greek professor and a Tanzanian judge.

The president of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, announced the appointment of Clemente Baena Soares (Brazil), Stelios Perrakis (Greece) and Mohamed Chande Othman (Tanzania) as members of the High-Level Commission of Inquiry into the situation in Lebanon. This so-called "human rights" commission was created to find Israel guilty of "war crimes" for defending itself against an aggressive attack and the kidnapping of its soldiers within its sovereign borders, in clear violation of international law.

Under the inquiry, the three panelists are charged to investigate the "systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel." The commission will also examine the types of weapons Israel used and their conformity with international law.

This committee clearly serves as a distraction from Hizbullah's practice of targeting innocent citizens on both sides of the border. The organization launched a total of nearly 4,000 rockets on civilian population centers within Israel daily, including on Israel's third largest city of Haifa. Hizbullah also used civilians as human shields for the rocket launchers. The Hizbullah fighters themselves wore civilian clothing, to make themselves hard to distinguish in unconventional warfare against a clearly uniformed army. Thus, Hizbullah's premeditated murder of civilians became propaganda for its own public relations campaign in the battle for public perception. It was as far from the facts, reality and truth as can be.

The mandate of the UN Human Rights Commission clearly sets forth,
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a department of the United Nations Secretariat, is mandated to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights established in the Charter of the United Nations and in international human rights laws and treaties. The mandate includes preventing human rights violations, securing respect for all human rights, promoting international cooperation to protect human rights, coordinating related activities throughout the United Nations, and strengthening and streamlining the United Nations system in the field of human rights. In addition to its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to integrate a human rights approach within all work carried out by United Nations agencies.
The use of Lebanese children, women and men as human shields should be the real focus of the UN Commission on Human Rights' investigation.

Additionally, Hizbullah receives the blessing and protection of the Lebanese government, which has not only failed to disarm the terrorist group, but has let it stockpile a known quantity of over 15,000 deadly missiles, rockets and weapons of mass destruction. The group has also been integrated into the norms of the Lebanese culture, economy and politics. Hizbullah has been democratically elected by the Lebanese population and has been politically active, infiltrating Lebanon's cabinet and legislature.

Israel has not "occupied" Lebanon, as did Syria, for the last six years and has complied with the UN Resolution to leave the recognized Lebanese borders. The UN, on the other hand, gives legitimization to a rogue state-within-a-state of terrorists. With its human rights inquiry, the UN countenances Hizbullah warfare, while denigrating the right of any sovereign state to defend itself and protect its citizens.

One wonders. Why not investigate Hizbullah, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran? It comes as no surprise. Almost all of the UN Human Rights Committee resolutions have focused on Israel, the only democracy and freedom-loving nation in the Medieval Middle East - a very bad neighborhood of some of the worst corrupt dictatorships, extremist fanatical fundamentalists, human rights violators, rogue nations, state supporters of terrorism and tyrannies in the history of mankind. Why not put all these on trial for real human rights violations and war crimes?

The United Nations "Human Rights" Committee needs recrimination and self-examination before it can accuse and blame Israel for any abuse in its war activities. It acts as a kangaroo court, holding Israel guilty of "war crimes" for defending itself against aggressive attackers whose only aim is to annihilate it from the face of the earth.


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