From the Jerusalem Post article about the address by Eviatar Manor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, speaking to the Human Rights Council on day two of its 32nd session:
In a short, but highly charged speech he accused the UNHRC of overly focusing on Israel’s actions against the Palestinians at the expense of other more serious human rights situations in the Middle East.
“Politicized debates, biased resolutions, preposterous reports, discriminatory conduct and unfounded accusations characterize the attitude of this Council and of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights towards Israel,” Manor said.
The Israeli Ambassador took particular issue with a UNHRC mandate that alleged Israeli human rights violations must be addressed at every session under Agenda Item 7. Israel is the only country that is singled out in this way. All other human rights issues around the world are addressed under Agenda Item 4.
“This Council’s priorities are wide off the mark,” said Manor.
How is it, that it has “an agenda item specifically dedicated to my country when the tragedies of Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Libya, to name but a few, are unfolding and producing a tsunami of refugees about to engulf Europe?” Manor said.
“And you expect us to take you seriously?,” he asked.
Note the cracking sting in the tail:
He ended with a few lines of attack against the council charging that it “has never cared for the human rights of Israelis.”
Manor further charged that the UNHRC “needs a moral compass” and that it “does not and will not contribute to peace in our region.”
He urged the UNHRC members to weigh his words.
“Think about it, and call me if you change your minds. You can find me at +972 -77-430-4703,” Manor said.
UNHRC calling? I doubt it.
Read it all here.