The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

UN Watch statement on Syrian human rights situation reveals pro-Israel motivation

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In a December 2 letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council, UN Watch wrote that

the Security Council must end its shocking silence on Syria’s atrocities. It must take urgent action to protect the civilian population before thousands more are beaten, tortured and killed.

A few lines later, the NGO undermined its purported concern for Syrian civilians when it condemned the UN Human Rights Council for

its policy of supporting Syria’s cynical and transparent ploy each year to condemn Israel for alleged violations of human rights, which should not be repeated this March.

The letter did not mention, however, that UN Watch is affiliated with the American Jewish Committee, a key component of the Israel lobby.

In February, the pro-Israel NGO organised 70 non-governmental organisations to send letters to President Obama, E.U. High Representative Catherine Ashton, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon demanding international action against Libya invoking the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine.

Clearly buoyed by that “humanitarian” success in North Africa, UN Watch is now determined to “protect” Israel’s nearer Arab neighbours.

Update: And its determination is paying off:

“UN Watch welcomed today’s strong condemnation of Syria by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session, and its establishment of a special rapporteur to monitor abuses there, following a global campaign to create the post by a coalition of prominent democracy dissidents and human rights groups led by UN Watch.”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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