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“I will not tolerate any similar statements.”
Did you hear about Hillel Neuer, the president of Geneva-based NGO United Nations Watch, and about his testimony three days ago before the United Nations Human Rights Council? The chances are good that you’ve not—the president of that Council did, after all, threaten to strike Mr. Neuer’s remarks from the official record. The reason? Mr. Neuer dared to observe publicly that the Council—successor to the almost-precisely-identical Commission on Human Rights—has devoted more time to condemning Israel than to actually solving human rights problems.
You can now view Mr. Neuer’s stinging remarks—to which Council President Luis Alfonso De Alba did not take kindly, threatening to whitewash them—on YouTube:
An excerpt from Hillel Neuer’s speech:
One might say, in Harry Truman’s words, that this has become a Do-Nothing, Good-for-Nothing Council.It is understandable that this flustered the Council so. (“For the first time in this session,” the Council’s president responded, “I will not express thanks for that statement.”) It has, after all, the benefit of being true.
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.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
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October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…