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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.

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.

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.


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