ADL Says "Shameful" U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution Against Israel "Another New Low Point"
New York, NY, January 24, 2008 … Calling the anti-Israel resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council "a shameful provocation," the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said today's action reveals an irrational bias against Israel that willfully ignores acts of Palestinian terror, including the daily barrage of rocket attacks emanating from Gaza.
The 47-member Human Rights Council resolution condemned Israel for what it termed "grave violations of the human and humanitarian rights of the Palestinian civilians" living in Gaza. The resolution was adopted in emergency session with 30 votes in favor, and 15 abstentions. Canada was the only nation to vote against the resolution.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
This resolution continues the long history of unrelenting irrational bias against Israel by this United Nations body and its predecessor. Once again, the Human Rights Council has simply refused to acknowledge the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and turned a blind eye on Palestinian terrorism. It is a shameful provocation by an international organization charged with preserving and ensuring human rights throughout the world.
This unabashedly biased resolution omits any mention of the thousands of rocket attacks Israelis face on a daily basis and the pain and hardship caused by these attacks. Nor does it mention that these attacks are encouraged by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that runs Gaza. There is no mention of Israel's role in facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza, or of the culture of terrorism and extremism which is sanctioned and promoted by Hamas.
We are disappointed that neither the European Union nor any of its member states sitting on the Council took a principled stance against this resolution, choosing instead to abstain from the vote. Canada is to be commended for its consistent commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and decency by casting the lone dissenting vote.
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