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The good old UN. Such a reasonable and rational and equitable bastion of nuance and understanding. Especially the Human Rights Commission. Today they voted on four resolutions denouncing Israel. How many dealt with North Korean Gulags? Cuban suppression and summary executions? Hugo Chavez's abrogation of Venezuela's Constitution? Sudanese slavery? Algerian genocide? Palestinian repression of dissidents and the terrorist attacks against Israel? Saudi religious intolerance? Zimbabwe's ethnic cleansing and political murders? Maybe they discussed a resolution or two concerning the lack of human rights in the home country of the Commission's preident, Libya?
Some of the Resolutions were so one sided that even Canada voted against them. In true spineless fashion the Europeans managed to abstain from votes that were egregiously anti-Israel.
By a 50-1 vote, the commission passed a resolution put forward by European countries voicing "grave concern" because Israel has not halted settlements of Palestinian territory. It criticized restrictions on the movements of Palestinians and a barrier Israel is building to separate it from the Palestinian territories.
Australia and Costa Rica abstained from voting.
A tougher, seven-page resolution sponsored by African and Arab nations criticized "the gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law" in Israel.
It accused the country of collective punishments, arbitrary detentions, attacks on Palestinian residential areas and "the killing of men, women and children there."
It also condemned "acts of mass killing perpetrated by the Israeli occupying authorities against the Palestinian people."
That resolution passed 33-5, with Canada, Australia, Germany and Peru joining the United States in opposition. There were 15 abstentions, mainly European nations.
U.S. delegate Michael Southwick said the resolution did not reflect Israel's fight against Palestinian suicide bombers and terrorism against innocent Israelis.
"Israel is not responsible for all the ills plaguing the people in the region. Israel has the right to self-defense," Southwick said.
Canadian Ambassador Christopher Westdal said the language of the second text was "unacceptable and often inflammatory."
A third resolution affirmed the "inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to establish their sovereign and independent Palestinian State." It passed 51-1.
A final resolution called on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast War and annexed in 1981. That passed 31-1, with 21 abstentions.
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