Prager University is offering its newest course, focused on Israel’s place in the upside down moral universe within the United Nations.
The video class is from the Political Science department and features Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro College Institute of Human Rights , and she reviews the brutal bureaucratic treatment of Israel by the United Nations.
Bayefsky begins her review by noting that there are now 193 countries in the UN, and only Israel is regularly cited as an “especially egregious offender of the organization’s mandate to preserve and enhance human freedom and tolerance”. She highlights several items to validate her case:
- 38 percent of all Human Rights Council resolutions against a specific country are targeted at Israel, the Middle East’s lone pro-Western democracy.
- The Human Rights Council has a permanent agenda governing sessions with 10 items — one of which is always a critique of Israel.
- Between 2006 (when the Human Rights Council formed) and 2012, there were 48 reports on Israel. In comparison, there were 9 on Syria, 3 on Iran, and zero for China.
Bayefsky then discusses the histories of Israel and the UN. Interestingly, the UN originally was comprised of 58 countries, most of which were pro-Western and pro-democracy, while it is now comprised of 193 countries, many of which are ruled by brutal regimes, thuggish theocracies, or dictatorships. She also points out that the UN’s notorious 2001 Durban conference against racism and intolerance blatantly ignored tyrannical regimes around the world and condemned Israel.
Currently, Bayefsky is a member of the International Law Association Committee on International Human Rights Law and Practice; Editor-in-Chief of the Series “Refugees and Human Rights”; and, senior editor of the UN’s “Human Rights Voices“.
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