That would be Israel. Crazy, right? And if you ever needed something to understand that the UN, and especially the UN “Human Rights Commission” or the “Commission on the Status of Women” are a bunch of anti-Semites – you’ve got it now.
Anne Bayefsky is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and she has done an excellent job of outlining just how outrageous this action by the UN Commission on the Status of Women really is.
Here’s a rogues gallery of countries that the UN considers to be “better” on women’s rights in Israel.
Syria. The Syrians routinely use rape, sexual violence and torture against women is a tactic of war. Just last year starved, tortured, and killed at least 24,000 civilian.
Saudi Arabia. Women are physically punished for inappropriate dress, are excluded from political life, cannot drive or travel without a male relative, and their testimony in court is generally disregarded.
Sudan. Domestic violence is not prohibited, no minimum age for “consensual” sex, the legal age for girls to marry is ten, and 88% of women have undergone female genital mutilation. Women have no rights in marriage, inheritance, and divorce.
Iran. Next we have Barack Obama’s new BFF. Women are excluded from politics, “adultery” is punished – for women only – by death by stoning, if him and his gang raped and one of her attackers is married she is considered an adulteress and will likely be stoned to death.
It’s interesting to note that Iran is a member nation of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and Sudan, whose president has been indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity, is the commission’s vice-chair. Get the idea?
This now annual farce will repeat its charge that “Israeli occupation” and of “Palestine” remains the major obstacle for “Palestinian” women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance, and integration in the development of their society. Nevermind that in Israel, Arab and Muslim women participate in every arena of Israeli life. They are allowed to vote, hold office, and have equal rights with men. Women in Israel are not held back because of their gender or their religion.
We noted above that both Iran and Sudan are members of the commission. Other stellar members include havens for human rights like Qatar, Hamas’ banker, China, Pakistan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
The United States has a long history of voting against these resolutions, but we still pay for the commission. At the beginning of this month Secretary of State John Kerry told the council, “Pres. Obama and I support the Human Rights Commission… The [commission’s] obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization.”
That statement proves beyond a shadow of doubt that just because he’s gotten older, John Kerry hasn’t gotten any smarter. The UN’s human rights commission has been nothing but a blunt instrument to attack Israel for decades. The only question this year is whether the US will, for the first time, support the indictment of Israel.
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