United States / 09-05-2012
Obama Rights Envoy accuses UN Human Rights Council of antisemitism
One of President Obama’s top human rights officials has accused the UN Human Rights Council of antiemitism.
In a speech delivered yesterday before the superb Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Hannah Rosenthal, the U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, addressed the “increasing tendency of blurring the lines between opposition to the policies of the State of Israel and antisemitism.”
Citing Natan Sharansky’s 3-D test to identify where sharp but legitimate criticism crosses the line into antisemitism - namely, where there is demonization, delegitimization or double standards - Rosenthal provided examples of such anti-Semitism occurring at the United Nations:
In the recently concluded UN Human Rights Council session, once again a grossly disproportionate number of the resolutions targeted Israel. Clearly, this is holding Israel to a different standard. No less, when the United Nations first passed its “Zionism is Racism” Resolution that singled out Israel as the world’s only racist country, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia was committing genocide and receiving little or no attention for their crimes against humanity.
Rosenthal added that it was important for the US to be present at such bodies in order to fight from within.