03/24/21: Once again, I stand firm in condemnation of the four unfair and clearly biased resolutions passed today against the State of Israel. No other nation must suffer such abuse of its rights and sovereignty as does the Jewish nation. It's a simple act of Antisemitism and one sided discrimination against Israel.
Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today that the UN's Human Rights Council is "blinded by political bias against Israel, sponsored by the world's leading autocracies".
Israel was once more attacked over the last couple of days as a resolution against "Israeli occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem passed 42-3, with two abstentions. Then there was another one against Israeli settlements that was approved 36-3 with eight abstentions. Finally, a resolution condemning Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights was approved 26-18 with three abstentions.
As I have articulated before elsewhere, despite the genocide in Syria; human rights abuses against women and gay rights in Iran; concentration camps in China and trafficking of children in many parts of Africa - Israel is the only country that has a dedicated and permanent agenda item (#7) by the UNHRC.
Israel's permanent representative, Meirav Eilon Shahar, in Geneva to the UNHRC said in a statement: "Item 7 was not created to improve the human rights of Palestinians, it was created to negate Israel & institutionalize hatred & bias against the only Jewish State. I urge Member States to take a stand. Vote against all resolutions presented under this Item".
Israel's Foreign Minister slammed the resolutions saying, "I thank all the countries who chose not to lend a hand to this circus and the systematic discrimination against Israel". Sadly, given the fact the new US administration has advised it will be rejoining the UNHRC, it appears to have become bolder and more venomous against Israel.
One of the positive surprise countries that stayed away from the Israel slamming sessions was Bahrain - a recent partner of Israel in the Abraham Peace Accords.
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This cartoon was tweeted out by Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Avi Abraham Benlolo has been described as the nation's most prominent and noted expert in Holocaust studies, in countering Antisemitism and promoting human rights. He has dedicated nearly three decades in executive capacities in the Jewish community and as a leading voice in Canada. His academic research, graduate degree and nearly three decades of professional work has focused on these arenas in addition to peace and security in the Middle East. He has published hundreds of articles in these areas. In recognition of his national and international leadership in this area, he has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate from a prestigious Israeli university for his work in Holocaust studies and combating antisemitism; an Order of Vaughan for his distinguished contribution to anti-racism, equity and diversity; the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada and a race relations award for best practice, based on distinguished service in promoting human rights.