In a brilliant and concise new video from Prager University, Anne Bayefsky, the director of the Touro Human Rights Institute, lays out the case delineating the nefarious treatment of Israel by the United Nations.
Bayefsky begins by noting that there are now 193 countries in the UN, and only one is consistently singled out as an “especially egregious offender of the organization’s mandate to preserve and enhance human freedom and tolerance”–Israel. She adds that 38% of all Human Rights Council resolutions that are critical of specific countries center on Israel. The Council has a permanent agenda governing sessions that is composed of ten items; one is always reserved for criticizing Israel. She then lists all the ways in which Israel is a champion of freedom: one-fifth of its 7 million people are Arabs, religious freedom is practiced, there is a democratic government, there is freedom of the press, woman have equal rights, and gays can live openly.
Bayefsky also points out that between 2006, when the Human Rights Council was founded, and 2012, there were 48 reports on Israel while only 9 on Syria, with its mass killings and torture, 3 on Iran for its genocide-threating regime, and zero for China, which denies one billion people freedom.
The video then discusses the histories of Israel and the UN. Bayefsky notes that Israel has always had to fight for its existence, and does so to this day. When she proceeds to the UN, it is clear which party should be condemned. She mentions that the UN originally was comprised of 58 countries, most of which were pro-Western and pro-democracy, while it is now comprised of 193 countries, most of which are not free. Self-determination, once meant as a human rights principle, is now a tool used against the West. She also notes the 2001 Durban conference against racism and intolerance, which notoriously ignored tyrannical regimes around the world in order to condemn Israel, saying Zionism was racism.
As Bayefsky concludes, “There is only one country whose very legitimacy is questioned; only one country that is openly threatened with annihilation. That country is Israel. And what has the United Nations done about it? Worse than nothing. It has itself become a global platform for anti-semitism and the destruction of the Jewish state.”