09 Oct The U.N. Human Rights Council – Undermining the U.N. System Since 2006
This video from Anne Bayefsky of the Human Rights Council meetings on the Goldstone Report is fascinating (though I am not on board with her over-the-top attack on Goldstone personally). But note the indiscriminate and deeply hypocritical use of the words “genocide,” “war crimes,” and “crimes against humanity” by the least morally attractive member states of the HRC (How is it that Sudan is on the Human Rights Council denouncing Israel’s lack of accountability?). Take genocide: even if every word of the Goldstone Report is true (a highly doubtful proposition), there is no evidence of an Israeli plot to commit genocide against the people in Gaza (e.g. an intent to exterminate a group of people based on their race or nationality). One gets the feeling that there is no matter what the report says (if indeed anyone on the HRC has read the report), those state members would jump up and accuse Israel of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Many defenders of the U.N. point out that the U.N. is much more than the Human Rights Council. But, at least in American public opinion, this latest performance by the HRC will solidify the caricature of the U.N. as a ridiculous, hypocritical, bizarre, and obsessively anti-Israel institution. And this caricature will have some basis in reality.