The UN Has Inaugurated a New Investigation into Israel, and Its Conclusions Are Predetermined

Jan. 25 2022

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.

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How European Fecklessness Encourages the Islamic Republic’s Assassination Campaign

In September, Cypriot police narrowly foiled a plot by an Iranian agent to murder five Jewish businessman. This was but one of roughly a dozen similar operations that Tehran has conducted in Europe since 2015—on both Israeli or Jewish and American targets—which have left three dead. Matthew Karnitschnig traces the use of assassination as a strategic tool to the very beginning of the Islamic Republic, and explains its appeal:

In the West, assassination remains a last resort (think Osama bin Laden); in authoritarian states, it’s the first (who can forget the 2017 assassination by nerve agent of Kim Jong-nam, the playboy half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur?). For rogue states, even if the murder plots are thwarted, the regimes still win by instilling fear in their enemies’ hearts and minds. That helps explain the recent frequency. Over the course of a few months last year, Iran undertook a flurry of attacks from Latin America to Africa.

Whether such operations succeed or not, the countries behind them can be sure of one thing: they won’t be made to pay for trying. Over the years, the Russian and Iranian regimes have eliminated countless dissidents, traitors, and assorted other enemies (real and perceived) on the streets of Paris, Berlin, and even Washington, often in broad daylight. Others have been quietly abducted and sent home, where they faced sham trials and were then hanged for treason.

While there’s no shortage of criticism in the West in the wake of these crimes, there are rarely real consequences. That’s especially true in Europe, where leaders have looked the other way in the face of a variety of abuses in the hopes of reviving a deal to rein in Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program and renewing business ties.

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More about: Europe, Iran, Israeli Security, Terrorism