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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Obama silent as Syrian rep spouts blood libel at 'Human Rights Council'

The Obama administration's representative sat in silence at the UN 'Human Rights Council' in Geneva on Tuesday as the Syrian representative, First Secretary Rania Al Rifaiy, espoused the following blood libel (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
“Israel…is a state that is built on hatred…Let me quote a song that a group of children on a school bus in Israel sing merrily as they go to school and I quote 'With my teeth I will rip your flesh. With my mouth I will suck your blood.'"
The representative of the Obama administration, which will pay 22% of the cost of having that statement permanently posted on the UN website, translated, and broadcast around the world (yes, that's the cost of joining the 'Human Rights Council'), had nothing to say in response. Anne Bayefsky comments:
There is a reason that none of the members of the UN Human Rights Council thought this statement was sufficiently repulsive or shocking to complain. The blood libel against the Jewish people is a calling card of UN proceedings, with UN members usually casting their anti-Semitism as vicious anti-Israel attacks. For instance, last week’s Council debate over the attempt by Turkish-backed extremists to break the Israeli blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza included the following outbursts. Along with references to Israel’s desire for “bloodshed,” came Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua’s accusation that “the Zionist regime” conducted an “indescribable” and “brutal massacre.” Pakistan said Israel committed “crimes against humanity,” Algeria described Israelis as “butchers,” and Libya distributed a statement entitled “The Massacre Committed by the Zionist Entity Forces.”
But it's not just the Arab and Muslim world and Latin American countries that espouse these lies about Israel and that treat Israel differently than anyone else.
In the chair during the Syrian statement today was Council President Alex Van Meeuwen of Belgium, who also said nothing, though he has no trouble finding his voice when it comes to objecting to statements from Israel or other states and NGOs which refer to less popular subjects. Today, following this statement by Canadian representative Jeffrey Heaton – “Canada condemns the lack of respect of the Burmese regime for human rights and fundamental freedoms of its population” – Van Meeuwen responded: “before moving to the next speaker, I would like to ask once again all speakers to refrain from using words such as regime in reference to member states and uphold to UN standards when referring to countries.”
And the Obama administration remains silent.

How can anyone expect Israel to 'take risks for peace' when it is treated this way in World forums? Between this sort of treatment and the blood libels espoused by the 'Palestinian' media (both Fatah's and Hamas') it should come as little surprise to anyone that the 'peace process' is dead.


At 2:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Syria's response is a predictable one, a combination of Arab nationalism and its own radical agenda.

Mind you, Israel is no longer the perpetual victim anymore and things are changing. The question is truelly how each nation and particularly Israel itself deals with it.

I have just started a thread on my own blog Blootstellen on a simple question, why is debating Israel taboo? In other words, can one be critical of Israel's current governemnt, its policy and the IDF and not be anti-Semite? http://blootstellen.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/question-why-is-debating-israel-taboo/ is the link and your welcome to comment, following good bloging standards of course.


Donny vdH

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Does anyone know anyone to ask whether this actually is what happened to the first guy down the repelling rope?


At 3:09 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I see a U.S. name on the wikipedia article on the Human Rights Council: Warran Tichenor. Is that who was sitting in for the U.S. when this stuff was said? It looks like the U.S. rotates onto the UNHRC in 2012, along with Saudi and Cuba!

At 7:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

How can Israel trust Europe with Gaza when it sits in silence in the face of vicious Jew hatred unleashed against it? Bernard Kouchner should ask the representative of France to the UN Human Rights Council why he couldn't find his voice to protest the outrageous blood libel of the Syrian representative there.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger John's World said...




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