I put “Human Rights” in quotes because you have to be Dafffy Duck to believe the council has anything to do with what any reasonably intelligent, partially sane human being would identify as “human rights.”
Case in point: Anne Bayefsky writes in the Jerusalem Post about a council meeting in Geneva where a parallel meeting to the main council gathering – a meeting sanctioned and advertised by the UN – featured a discussion on the destruction of the state of Israel:
The Obama administration’s political and financial backing of the UN Human Rights Council resulted in another win for Hamas on Friday, June 22 in Geneva. A Hamas-affiliated organization and its supporters held an “informal parallel meeting” promoting the destruction of the Jewish state at the UN’s Palais des Nations.
The event was advertised on the UN website and listed on an official UN document headlined “Human Rights Council, twentieth session, 18 June – 06 July 2012.”
Here is some of what Habeeb had to say while speaking in a UN room, at a UN-provided microphone, at a UN-advertised event associated with the UN’s top human rights body: “In 1947, 1948 and 1949 the Palestinian refugees were ethnically cleansed by the Israeli gangs…. SomeArab armies came to Palestine to fight the Zionist project, which came from all over Europe to take over Palestine and to make it as a national home for the Jews, although it was always the national home for the Palestinians for thousands and thousands of years.”
Habeeb, a well-known radical and “one state solution” campaigner, didn’t come alone. Various publications of his Palestinian Return Center were made readily available on UN premises.
There was the pamphlet with this bigoted diatribe: “a racist ideology is inherent in political Zionism and… is being implemented as a political project by the state of Israel.
Political Zionism idealizes and advances a racist and chauvinistic… religion and nationalism.”
And there was the map with the word “Palestine” splashed across the entirety of what is now Israel. Advocating the elimination of a UN member state, the most elementary violation of the UN Charter, is evidently acceptable literature in the belly of the UN human rights beast.
A third handout, entitled “Apartheid against Palestinians,” analogized Israelis to Nazis: “The Israeli regime is based on… race and religious supremacy… Modern nation states formed through these corrosive ideals scarred the 20th century, including in Germany and the South African apartheid regime.”
Nice people we’re hanging out with at the UN, eh? The concept that allows Cuba and Saudi Arabia to sit in judgment on the rest of the world when it comes to their human rights record belongs more as the punchline to a joke in a comedy club rather than the rarefied atmosphere of a solemn UN meeting.