(Nikki Haley speaking at the UN. Screenshot, YouTube)
Britain and the United States have joined forces to protest the ongoing bias and hostility against Israel at the UN Human Rights Council. Over the last few days, both member states have expressed deep dissatisfaction at the treatment of Israel, and urged the international body to reform and put and end to its bias against the Jewish state.
Last week, United States UN Ambassador Nikki Haley reprimanded members of the United Nations General Assembly as the body convened to vote on a resolution condemning Israel for violence that has gripped the Gaza border in recent week.
“This resolution blames everything on Israel,” Haley said in her remarks, adding that “it does not even mention Hamas.”
Now, days layer, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took the opportunity to speak at the opening of the 38th council session and roundly criticized the council’s malicious Agenda Item 7, a permanent fixture on the schedule exclusively devoted to discussing rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
“We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace, and unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said.
— Emanuel Miller (@emanumiller) June 18, 2018
Israel is the only country with a dedicated council item. Item 7, which focuses on Israel and its relationship with neighbouring Arabs, has been part of the council’s regular business 2007, almost as long as it has existed. The council was established in 2006.
Although America, Australia, and some European countries have opposed the prejudiced item, noting with concern that countries with considerably worse rights records such as Iran, Venezuela and Syria are not subject to such intense and regular condemnation.
Speaking at Geneva in 2017, Haley described the council as a “forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion,” and pointing the finger at member countries for exaggerating and overemphasizing Israel’s flaws while failing to “uphold the highest standards” of human rights. Haley added that America had no desire to quit the council, which features member states including Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia, but would do be left with no choice if no significant reforms were made.