A new low for anti-Semitic sentiment at the United Nations

Just when you thought the United Nations couldn’t get any further down in its relentless antisemitism, it hit a new disgusting low last week, with vulgar anti-Semitic remarks by a UN Human Rights Council official, the “Jewish lobby” on Social controls the media.

The man behind the remarks, Miloon Kothari, was one of three persons appointed to the Navi Pillay-led open-ended ‘Commission of Inquiry’ against Israel last year.

Created allegedly in the wake of the 2021 conflict between Hamas and Israel, to investigate the alleged “underlying root causes” of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, resolution The commission’s setting did not even mention Hamas, a US-designated terrorist group sworn to annihilate Israel, which fired some 4,500 rockets at Israeli civilians.

From the very beginning, it was clear that this was nothing more than a kangaroo court, where the guilt of the Jewish state was already predetermined, before the ink was dry on the proposal to establish the commission.

Prior to his appointment, Kothari already had a long-standing trend against Israel, which had previously accused the country of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide”.

This type of blind bias is a direct and open violation of the United Nations’ own Rules and guidelines on commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missionswhich states that “Members must, in all respects, have a proven record of independence and impartiality.”

Kothari should not have seen the light of day in the council.

A view of the United Nations Headquarters.
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In any democratic law, a judge who exhibits such a blatant lack of impartiality is never appointed in the first place. But at the United Nations, it seems that you are promoted and rewarded for displaying anti-Semitism and hostility towards Israel.

If there is any doubt about Kothari’s position, last week Interview, he claimed that the “Jewish lobby” controls social media and that “a lot of money is being thrown around trying to defame us.” These centuries-old antisemitic tropes fall out of the infamous ‘Protocol of the Elders of Zion’ and are a major violation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. job definition Anti-Semitism adopted by the US State Department and more than 35 countries.

Kothari went ahead and questioned why Israel is also a member of the United Nations.

Instead of showing principled leadership and publicly rebuking Kothari’s unforgivable remarks, Pillai, the commission’s chairman, defended him And then dared to blame Israel.

Pillay himself has demonstrated a long-standing prejudice and fierce hostility towards Israel, which is already Guilty The Jewish state expressed support for ‘apartheid’ and the racist Boycott, Partition and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In January this year, during an International Holocaust Day address, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern about the startling regularity with which conspiracy theories develop into heinous antisemitic tropes. Yet the Secretary-General has remained deafeningly silent as one of his own officials now expresses a conspiracy theory rooted in Jewish hatred, while another defends the same anti-Semitic tropes.

Instead of sending a clear message that the United Nations will not tolerate anti-Semitism, the United Nations is sending the message that it will not tolerate Jews.

There are several democracies with over a dozen countries on the opposing side of Pillai and Kothari. led by the United StatesHave already explicitly condemned Kothari’s anti-Semitic remarks.

However, condemnation alone, while important, is not enough.

Kothari’s allegations, which are replete with age-old anti-Semitic tropes, and Pillay’s shameful defense, only underscore the gross illegality and prejudice of this unilateral commission against Israel, which must be immediately and permanently dissolved. .

In the meantime, Congress must pass legislation to ensure that no one leads to this deception of the US Money Commission. In fact, already bipartisan Legislation Put forward to withhold funding of $1 million, which is the US portion of the commission’s budget. Members of the commission should also be denied visa entry into the United States, where they propose to lobby Congress for support to advance their racist motives.

Re-entering the UN Human Rights Council, the Biden administration made commendable efforts to reform the body from within. However, a year later the council counted blatant human rights violators such as China, Cuba and Venezuela among its members, while Israel’s obsessive obsession and Jewish hatred only intensified.

Therefore, one needs to ask whether it is time to discard the notion that America (or anyone for that matter) can influence the Council for the better, and this incredibly antithesis of hatred, democracy. Can retreat from the opposing body.

Arsene Ostrovsky is an international human rights lawyer and CEO international legal forum, You can follow him on Twitter: @ostrov_a

The views expressed in this article are those of the author.

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