US Brags About Denying Palestinians Legal Redress for Israel’s Human Rights Violations


I just got an email from the White House with bullet-points highlighting all the wonderful things the U.S. has done at the United Nations.

There was a section on Israel. Here it is:

Defending Israel

Standing up for Israel at the UN: The Obama Administration has consistently and forcefully opposed unbalanced and biased actions against Israel in the Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and across the UN system. President Obama has pledged that we will “continue U.S. efforts to combat all international attempts to challenge the legitimacy of Israel — including and especially at the United Nations.”

When an effort was made to insert the Security Council into matters that should be resolved through direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, we vetoed it. When the 2009 Durban Review Conference advanced anti-Israel sentiment, we withdrew. When the UN General Assembly voted for a commemoration in September 2011 of the original 2001 Durban conference, we voted against it and announced we would not participate. When the Goldstone Report was released, we stood up strongly for Israel’s right to defend itself. When anti-Israel resolutions come up at the UN Human Rights Council, the General Assembly, UNESCO, and elsewhere, we consistently oppose them.

So, in other words, you are shit out of luck Palestinians. Illegal settlements and land confiscation, preventative detention of peaceful protesters, the use of white phosphorus during Cast Lead, collective punishment of Gaza, the execution of unarmed Turkish [and an American] citizens on the Mavi Marmara while in international waters, settler violence, rampant discrimination, a Palestinian right to self defense? No, no and no. None of that is worthy of even one single minute of the United Nations’ time because it’s simply being mean to Israel. Israel, light unto nations, is the only country on earth that is excepted en toto from the dictates of international law. There is nothing Israel can or could do to the Palestinians that would warrant UN action.

That the Palestinians not only consider nonviolent resistance an option but actually use it is truly a testament to their patience and thirst for justice because if the situation were reversed and it was Israel who was denied the above rights, the territories would be red with blood.

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