An anti-Israel zealot by the name of William Schabas has been appointed by the UNHRC to examine Israel's role in its recent retaliation for Hamas' rocket attacks from Gaza. With Nazi war criminal Kurt Waldheim dead, the UN chose the next best thing.
For those of you who don't know, the UN "Human Rights Council" consists of such wonderful human rights luminaries as Russia, Cuba, the Congo, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. In the past, it has included North Korea, Libya under Qaddafi, and Sudan while it was committing genocide in Darfur. The latter, a nice ironic touch!
This august body of do-gooders has chosen to condemn Israel for virtually all the human rights violations in the world. The council voted to make a review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel - and Israel only - a permanent feature of every council session. It has passed 50 resolutions condemning Israel and only two condemning any other country (although it did once express "grave concern" over Sudan's mass murder of 400,000 innocent men, women, and children without specifically singling out the Sudanese government for condemnation).
In a world in which 170,000 innocents Syrians have been massacred (with more than 1,000 currently being murdered every single week); in a world of ISIS massacres of Yazidis and Christians; and Russia's blatantly illegal invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine; and concentration camps in North Korea; not to mention brutality in Congo, it is clear to the UNHRC that Israel is responsible for about 96% of all evil in the entire world. I'm sure Adolf Hitler would concur. (He'd probably blame the other 4% on Roma - Gypsies - and homosexuals.)
The UNHRC's "Special Rapporteur on the question of Palestine" Richard Falk is a known anti-Semite (he claims Jews control the USA) who regularly compares Israel's actions in self-defense to the Nazi Holocaust. Falk also claims the USA - not Al Qaeda(!) - killed 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001 and, get this, that the USA and Israel were behind the Boston Marathon bombings, too. Delusional, anyone? Even the Palestinian Authority has called this neo-Nazi a "Hamas partisan." Perhaps that's why the UNHRC invited Hamas in 2012 to give a lecture about human rights...
The UNHRC has chosen to investigate Israel - but not Hamas! - for Israel's retaliation for Hamas raining bombs on 80% of Israel's population. But the UNHCR has refused to condemn any use of human shields. (Guess that gives all terrorists a clear signal to put their bombs underneath kindergartens worldwide...) Even the European Union - which traditionally is far less supportive of Israel than the USA - abstained rather than voted for this travesty of justice. We voted no.
Well, let's see. First of all, he wants to try the extremely peaceful, left-leaning 90-year-old former Israeli President Shimon Peres for war crimes instead of the Sudanese government that massacred hundreds of thousands in Darfur.
What else? He has also called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted. Why indicted? Because of Israel's alleged war crimes in Gaza in 2008-09. But poor Schabas. He appears to have forgotten that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was in charge of Israel then. Oh well. Schabas is not just an anti-Israel hater. He can't even get very basic facts straight. (But no big deal, right, for a judge of facts?) Schabas has said Israel's elected prime minister is "the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel."
Also, Schabas refuses to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, even though the USA, Europe, and virtually all free nations do. I suppose that's because Schabas believes the extremist group founded to annihilate Israel is less dangerous to Israel's survival than its highly popular elected prime minister. (Good thing he's not appointing Israel's leaders.)
One more thing: Schabas appears to be a big fan of former Iranian president/whack job Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Schabas has both defended - and co-sponsored events with - this lovely Holocaust-denier who wants to wipe Israel off the map.
And finally, Schabas insists that Israel gets absurdly "light" treatment at the hands of the UN Security Council (the same group that won't touch the Russian invasion of Ukraine, much less stop the Syrian genocide). Schabas complains Israel gets a "disproportionate amount of inattention(!) there.
But we can all rest easy because Schabas now promises he will "put aside" his "personal feelings" about Israel (wonder what those are?) and strive to be impartial. Well, at least just this once, he'll try impartiality, even though he clearly hasn't done so before.
I fully expect Israel to boycott this kangaroo court. But we need to join the boycott. And urge President Barack Obama to call on other nations of the world to condemn and disregard this laughable travesty of justice. A few years back, we did boycott the UNCHR, but President Obama decided to give them a second chance. Time to boycott again. And since it seems 80%(!) of UNHCR funding is by the U.S. and its allies, it's time to defund them as well.
Either that or we could just urge them to change their name to the United Nations Commission to Hate and Destroy Israel. UNCHDI for short. Rhymes with "Crunch. Die."
Mark Levine is a talk radio host in Washington and frequent television commentator. He previously served as legislative counsel for then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), on matters before the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Financial Services committees, among other roles. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkLevineTalk.