Last spring, the UN Human Right Council—where representatives of the world’s most brutal tyrannies gather to pass resolutions condemning the Jewish state—approved a new commission of inquiry to report on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Having secured funding from the General Assembly, the commission recently selected its members. Anne Bayefsky reports:
The identities of the inquisitors are Navi Pillay of South Africa, Miloon Kothari of India, and Chris Sidoti of Australia. . . . The three were appointed in July by then-council president Nazhat Shameem, a Muslim lawyer from Fiji. . . . The inquiry’s founding resolution was crafted at the behest of Islamic states and what the United Nations calls the “State of Palestine.” It spells out a number of fantastically broad tasks connected by one overarching goal: to turn the Jewish state into a global pariah.
The flagship enterprise of Pillay’s tenure was resurrecting the UN’s anti-Semitic hate-fest held in Durban in 2001 and reaffirming the slander of the racist Jewish state. Since then, she’s been preaching, “help end decades of Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people, . . . recognized as apartheid.”
Fellow inquiry member Kothari has . . . already reported on “the practice of ethnic cleansing and expulsion of land-based people and communities, as has historically been the case in Palestine.” And the root cause: the affront of Jews living in the Jewish homeland. Or in his words, “Israel’s long record of . . . implantation of settlers prior to and since its establishment as a state.”
To add to these assaults on language and moral reason is the third member, Chris Sidoti, whose record of advising the Palestinian Authority goes back to Yasir Arafat’s day.