Biased report on children’s rights

June 21, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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B’nai Brith International and The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) have concurred with the concerns raised by Israel regarding misconduct by United Nations officials in crafting a report on the violations of children’s rights in conflict areas.

Although the report was released under the name of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was authored by U.N. Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui.
Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International, and Australia’s ADC Chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich issued the following statement:

“This biased, hypocritical  and skewed report lacks any credibility. Though the final report does not place Israel amongst the worst violators of human rights such as the Taliban, Boko Haram and ISIS because U.N Secretary Ban Ki-Moon refused to accept Zerrougui’s recommendation, it still devoted 32 paragraphs to Israel, while terrorist organizations and military dictatorships with horrific human rights records received nearly half of that examination, if not less. Wildly disproportional, the report lambasts and rebukes Israel for its defensive military action in Gaza during the summer of 2014, yet apparently omits to reference Hamas.

We applaud the United States for speaking out during the U.N. Security Council debate on children and armed conflict on the importance of not politicizing reports on the protection of children. During the debate, U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs David Pressman said, “Let’s be clear: the idea that the government of Israel, as some have suggested in this debate, would be listed on the same page as ISIL, Boko Haram or Syria is factually and fundamentally wrong.

This report is typical for the U.N and we anticipate another deeply one-sided maligning and laying of the blame for the Gaza hostilities when the UHRC releases its report on the 2014 conflict.”

 Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor, pictured here speaking to journalists on July 10 following a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Israel-Hamas war, says it is "about time Jewish employees at the U.N won’t be obligated to work on Yom Kippur." Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor, pictured here speaking to journalists on July 10 following a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Israel-Hamas war, says it is “about time Jewish employees at the U.N won’t be obligated to work on Yom Kippur.” Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said that Zerrougui’s office refused Israel’s attempts to provide facts and evidence, and instead worked with biased NGOs that call for a boycott of Israel, some with ties to Hamas. Ambassador Prosor accused Zerrougui’s office of, “widespread, systematic and institutionalized biased conduct against Israel (which) undermines the credibility of the report.”

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2 Responses to “Biased report on children’s rights”
  1. Henry Herzog says:

    It’s pretty obvious that Israel is a soft target for the UN. Only from Israel does the UN enjoy easy access to all sorts of reports on child casualties in its conflicts. The UN hasn’t got a hope in hell of getting that sort of information from ISIS, Taliban, Boko Haram and the rest of the peace lovings Jihadists out there. So the UN just concentrates on Israel, because it’s so accommodating.

  2. Lynne Newington says:

    Mmmmmmm that sounds about right.
    Emilio Mignone had problems bringing Argentina to account for it’s breach of human rights during military rule too, being supported by the Vatican….to the point of choosing bishops who wouldn’t rock the boat.
    He by the way lost his daughter putting fire in his belly that never died for the rest of his life.

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