SWC's Open Letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner Over Anti-Israel Resolution Submitted by 22-Member Arab Group
SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE - EUROPE
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Madam Navi Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
CH 1201 Geneva
2 June 2010
Madam High Commissioner,
Your office is a Palace named for American President, Woodrow Wilson, who believed his post World War I settlement would make it “a war to end all wars” – a settlement that included “a Jewish national home” in that ancestral land, then known as Palestine.
You sit on the throne of human rights envisioned by Rene Cassin, a French Jew who crafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who forged the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Both were convinced that their labours would ensure that the Holocaust would never be repeated and that the first line of that defence would be Jewish sovereignty in the renascent State of Israel.
The United Nations and your High Commission were born in the aftermath of that unprecedented global bloodletting as instruments of “the sons of light”, the Atlantic Alliance, that had crushed the Nazi-fascist “sons of darkness”.
Madam High Commissioner, are you conscious of the ironic joke played by post-war history? Sixty five years have passed – Wilson, Cassin, Lemkin are forgotten ghosts. The U.N Human Rights Commission - rebaptized Council for no apparent reason – is an arsenal controlled by the reborn “sons of darkness”. Once again, they fixate on the scapegoat of their forebears, now in the mantle of Jewish statehood.
The current attack is today''s Resolution A/HRC/14/L1, submitted yesterday by human rights paragon Pakistan for the 56 State Organisation of the Islamic Conferenc, together with Darfur genocide champion Sudan for the 22 member Arab Group. The draft commenced: - “Guided by the principles of the UN Charter as well as by the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…”
Madam, Article 51 of the Charter ensures “the inherent right of self-defence”. This is a right denied to only one UN member state throughout the 33 censure resolutions against Israel - 33 out of the 40 passed in the history of the Council, a right, furthermore, violated by 6 of the 9 special country sessions.
The OIC/Arab authored Resolution included "the dispatching of an independent fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance”.
Madam,the Resolution is,once more,replete with the language of “the Goldstone syndrome” – a condition that inverts the concept of justice, turning the victim into perpetrator and vice versa. Where the tribunal becomes a kangaroo court and the accused is already sentenced before the proceedings begin. Where all evidence to the contrary is rendered inadmissible. Where the minority “grandsons of light” sit silent in the courtroom cowed in appeasement to the terrorists and genocidists who pull the strings.
Madam High Commissioner, you know too well that whether the Israel Defence Forces invoked Article 51 in self-defence, on those ships of hate, is immaterial to the debate in your Council.
In all sincerity, with your long eminent background in jurisprudence, forgive me for asking how you can tolerate the perverted legal travesty and obsessive-compulsive disorder which you witness constantly, the gangster singling-out of Israel. So far from diplomacy, so far from justice, so far from Human Rights.
Sadly, it may be time, once again, to rebaptize your Commission.
Dr. Shimon Samuels
Director for International Relations
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Los Angeles