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Banned Speech: The UN Council That Created the Goldstone Report

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I'll now give the floor to a representative of United Nations Watch. Thank you Mr. President. Six decades ago, in the aftermath of the Nazi horrors, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rene Cassin, and other eminent figures gathered here on the banks of Lake Geneva to reaffirm the principle of human dignity. They created the Commission on Human Rights. Today we ask, "What has become of this noble dream?" In this session, we see the answer. Faced with compelling reports from around the world of torture, persecution, and violence against women, what has this council pronounced? What has it decided? Nothing. Its response has been silence. Its response has been indifference. Its response has been criminal. One might say in Harry Truman's words that this has become a "do nothing, good for nothing" council. But that would be inaccurate. This council has, after all, done something. It has enacted one resolution after another condemning one single state: Israel. In eight pronouncements, and there will be three more this session, Hamas and Hezbollah have been granted impunity. The entire rest of the world, millions upon millions of victims in 191 countries, continue to go ignored. So yes, this council has done something. And the Middle East dictators who orchestrate this campaign will tell you it is a very good thing, and that they seek to protect human rights. Palestinian rights. So too the racist murderers of Darfur women. The rapists of Darfur women tell us they care about the rights of Palestinian women. The occupiers of Tibet care about the occupied. And the butchers of Muslims in Chechnya care about Muslims. But do these self-proclaimed defenders truly care about Palestinian rights? Let us consider the past few months. More than 130 Palestinians were killed by Palestinian forces. This is three times the combined total that were the pretext for calling special sessions in July and November. Yet the champions of Palestinian rights, Ahmadinejad, Assad, Kadafi, John Dugard, say nothing. Little three-year-old boy Salam Balusha and his two brothers were murdered in their car by Prime Minister Haniyeh's troops. Why has this council chosen silence? Because Israel could not be blamed. Because, in truth, the despots who run this council couldn't care less about Palestinians or about any human rights. They seek to demonize Israeli democracy. To legitimize the Jewish state. To scapegoat the Jewish people. They also seek something else. To distort and pervert the very language and idea of human rights. You ask what has become of the founders' dream of Eleanor Roosevelt, of Rene Cassin, of John Humphrey, P.C. Chang, Charles Malik, who assembled here in Geneva 60 years ago. Mr. President, with terrible lies and moral inversion, this council is turning that dream into a nightmare. Thank you Mr. President. For the first time in this session I will not express thanks for that statement. I shall point out to the distinguished representative of the organization that just spoke, the distinguished representative of the United Nations Watch.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 24 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: rafaelmatheus on Jun 1, 2010

UN Watch's Hillel Neuer exposes the hypocrisy of the UN Human Rights Council, the body that created the Goldstone Report. The Council president, Amb. Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, rejects the speech as "inadmissible" -- and bans it from ever being delivered again. See media coverage at

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