June 23, 2007

Israel, a permanent abuse of human rights

I've always said that Israel stands out from other states in that whereas all states abuse human rights from time to time, Israel's very existence is predicated on it. Well now, according to Ha'aretz, the permanence of Israel's human rights abuses are enshrined in the UN Human Rights Council's agenda.
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday voted in favor of making Israel's actions a permanent item on the council's agenda.

Of the council's 47 member states, the sole opponent of the decision to make Israel a permanent agenda item was Canada.....

The council, based in Geneva, was formed approximately a year ago as part of a reform initiated by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The UN voted to replace the Human Rights Commission with the council in an attempt to address both criticisms of the commission's composition, which frequently included some of the world's worst human rights abusers, and what Annan once termed its excessive focus on Israel.

Yitzhak Levanon, Israel's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, told Haaretz: "Last year, we buried that infamous commission to replace it with something better. Now, it appears the same old commission has returned."
Now this is interesting. The commission was scrapped to protect Israel but now the council is condemning Israel and permanently. It can only be that Israel represents a standing breach of human rights, can't it?

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