World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder calls resolutions targeting Israel shameless

May 30, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder reacted on Thursday to the passage of two recent anti-Israel resolutions by the World Health Organization’s Assembly and United Nations Human Rights Council, labelling them as “shameless” and declaring that they sully the reputation of the United Nations and the bodies that operate under its auspices.

Ronald S. Lauder

In a statement following the back-to-back votes in Geneva on Wednesday and Thursday, Lauder declared that “some UN member-states seem to believe that by exculpating Hamas and distorting the facts, they will gain cheap political points against Israel. The real losers, of course, are the Palestinians in Gaza, cynically held hostage by a terrorist organization that purports to speak in their name. Once again, truth has fallen victim to a shameless charade.”

He added that “For the countries advancing this agenda, lying is obviously no sin—no matter the consequences, and even if the reputation of the UN is once again sullied. We’ve all been down this road before.”

Thursday’s vote in Geneva during a Special Session of the UN’s Human Rights Council centred on a one-sided resolution calling for the creation of a never-expiring Commission of Inquiry into the conflict and failed to mention Hamas even once throughout the document. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 24 yes, 9 no, with 14 abstentions. The Special Session is the ninth session targeting Israel—a disproportionately high number considering that the UNHRC has only held 30 such sessions since it was founded in 2006.

In a statement delivered on behalf of the World Jewish Congress prior to the adoption of the resolution, Dr Amichai Magen, Senior Lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy in Israel and a Board Member of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, urged the Council to condemn Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. “Any other position of this Council is unconscionable and will weaken the credibility of this body,” Magen stated.

Prior to the decision by the UNHRC, the World Health Assembly held a four-hour session on Wednesday to vote on a resolution centred on the health situation in the Palestinian Territories. The annual resolution, the only one focusing on a specific region in this technical body, was adopted by a vote of 83 yes, 14 no, with 39 abstentions. The WJC acknowledges all those countries which opposed at least one of these resolutions, namely Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, UK, Uruguay and USA.

New Zealand voted for the resolution for at least one of the resolutions.

Dr David Cumin, co-director of the Israel Institute of New Zealand told J-Wire: “It is deeply disappointing to see New Zealand continue to contribute to institutional racism at the United Nations against the Jewish state.

Our officials vote more in line with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela than with Australia, the United States, or Canada. That is shameful. We had hoped that Minister Mahuta would pay more attention to issues of systemic bias and racism, especially toward an indigenous population, but it seems she has solely relied on flawed advice from MFAT officials.”

The New Zealand Jewish Council were invited to comment. J-Wire awaits its statement.

In the meantime, The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has welcomed a statement from the Australian Mission at UN in which it said “Australia reaffirms its support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, where Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.

People in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank need their leaders to make courageous steps towards peace. We, the international community, have an obligation to support this.”


2 Responses to “World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder calls resolutions targeting Israel shameless”
  1. Naomi Benheim says:

    PS – After their foreign affairs department last year published a world map were Israel was replaced by “palestine” – No surprise for New Zealands new love for the enemies of Israel!
    Well done Jacinta, enjoy the ride!

  2. Naomi Benheim says:

    The entire UN have become a Reichstag of United Nazis.
    High time to shut down this International abomination of in-your-face- farce !!

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