Al-Hussein “never missed a chance to invent falsehoods and lies when it comes to Israelת” Danon charged.
By: United with Israel Staff
Zeid al-Hussein, of Jordan, is ending his term as commissioner of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), one of the most notoriously anti-Israel bodies in the world.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected Chile’s former President Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday to be the next UNHRC chief.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon welcomed the news that the current commissioner of the Human Rights Council’s tenure is at an end.
He charged that al-Hussein “never missed a chance to invent falsehoods and lies when it comes to Israel.”
“From many of his statements, you would be forgiven for thinking he considered Hamas a welfare, not a terrorist, organization,” Danon stated.
Furthermore, during his tenure, the UNHRC “became a theater of the absurd, with hypocrisy and double standards rampant among its proceedings and reports.” He added.
In 2016, al-Hussein called for the UN to boycott Israeli and international companies with ties to Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Al-Hussein also called for the UN to sever all ties with Israeli companies operating in these areas.
In 2017, he mentioned in the same “breath” over 2,000 years of Jewish persecution culminating in the “colossal crime” of the Holocaust, with what he described as the Palestinians’ “half-century of deep suffering under occupation imposed by military force.”
Al-Hussein acknowledged that some people would respond “that the experiences of the two peoples are not equivalent.”
“How could I mention them in one breath? Indeed, I agree: The Holocaust was so monstrous and so mathematically planned and executed, it has no parallel, no modern equal,” he conceded. Immediately after this, however, he claimed that ending what he termed Israel’s “occupation of Palestinian areas” is essential for peace.
Israel is the only country for whom the UNHRC reserves an agenda item to castigate at its meetings. The infamous Agenda Item Seven, “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories,” is a permanent UNHRC agenda item that mandates discussion of any alleged Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians. It is debated three times a year.
Over the past 10 years, the UNHRC has passed dozens of resolutions condemning Israel. Meanwhile, the world’s worst human rights abusers in Syria, Iran, and North Korea receive far fewer condemnations.
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