AJC eBook - Dashed Hopes: Anti-Israel Bias at the UN - Page 9

THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ANOTHER ARENA OF UN DISCRIMINATION AGAINST Israel is the world body’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Established in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission, it has only one permanent agenda item targeted at a specific country, Israel. This is Item 7, which deals with the “human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” In striking contrast, Item 4 covers “human rights situations that require the Council’s attention” in the rest of the world. This fixation upon Israel leads to disproportionate condemnation of the Jewish state. Every year, the Council adopts at least five resolutions censuring Israel, while other countries that are subject to Council resolutions—with the exception of Syria since 2011—receive criticism in one annual resolution each. Moreover, unlike other countries scrutinized by the UNHRC, only Israel is subject to monitoring by “experts” until the end of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, rather than to an extendable period of one or two years. I S R A E L IS THE O N LY CO U NTRY IN THE WO RLD W I T H A SE PA R ATE — A N D P E R MA N E N T— AG EN DA ITE M , #7, AT T HE GE N E VA- B ASE D UN HU M A N R IGHTS CO UN CI L. N O OTHE R M E MB E R STAT E , IN C LUDIN G S E R I A L HUMA N - R IGHTS V I OL ATO R S L IK E IR A N, N O R TH KO R E A , SUDA N, A N D SYR IA , IS SIN GLED O U T THIS WAY. DASHED HOPES: ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS AT THE UN • 9