From CNSNews: On what one critic dubbed “Hate Israel Day” at the U.N. Human Rights Council, representatives of many of the world’s most repressive regimes lined up with others in Geneva Monday to heap censure on the Jewish state – an exercise repeated every time the world body’s top rights watchdog meets for a regular session.
In keeping with a decision made in 2013 to display their opposition to the disproportionate singling out of Israel, neither the United States nor most European members took part in the debate. Israel also stayed away.
That left the floor open for around 30 mostly Arab, Islamic and autocratic governments to criticize Israel in response to six reports presented to the council by U.N. officials. They included Algeria, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela and Yemen. (Five European countries – Ireland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Sweden and Malta – did take part.)
By the time the current HRC session ends on Friday, the council will have passed four resolutions targeting Israel for its policies in the disputed territories, including the “occupied Syrian Golan.”
Out of 193 U.N. member states, Israel is the only country that is subjected to a permanent item on the HRC agenda. Whatever crises may be occurring anywhere else in the world, Israel is targeted at every regular council session – three times a year – each time “agenda item seven” comes around.