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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Who will replace Louise Arbour?

Shavua Tov, a good week to everyone.

Last Sunday, I reported that UN 'Human Rights Commissioner' Louise Arbour has announced her resignation. At the time I quipped that her successor could not possibly be worse for reasons I listed in my post. Now, the Israeli government is concerned that her successor actually could be worse.
Two candidates in particular are worrisome from Israel's standpoint - Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat who has expressed anti-Israel views in years past; and the Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey [pictured with you-know-who. CiJ], who aroused Jerusalem's ire after paying an official visit to Iran earlier this year.

Despite past differences of opinion on a host of issues, Israeli officials have conducted an open, continuous dialogue with Arbour during the last three years of her tenure. The high point of the relationship came two years ago, when Arbour visited Sderot and declared Palestinian firing of Qassam rockets as a war crime. During her stay, Arbour witnessed first hand a Qassam directly strike a factory in the city.
I have talked about Calmy-Rey before here (among other places). As to de Alba, watch this video of UN Watch's Hillel Neuer ripping the UN's 'Human Rights Council' in March 2007. Knowing my readership, I am sure most of you will agree with Neuer. Then watch de Alba. He's the person who responds to Neuer in the last minute or so of the tape. Do you believe that he is someone who would protect human rights? Let's go to the videotape.


At 8:09 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Expecting the UN to begin to treat Israel even-handedly is like expecting Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to become a Zionist.


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