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At the United Nations: The 'rights' charade

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Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:57 p.m.
 

Leave it to the United Nations' outrageous Human Rights Council to replace one Israel-bashing “independent expert” with someone equally biased and antagonistic.

Meet Indonesian Makarim Wibisono, who replaces outgoing Israel “expert” Richard Falk. Mr. Falk is the impartial arbiter who said Israel had “genocidal” intentions toward Palestinians and endorsed 9/11 conspiracy theories, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Mr. Wibisono, who reportedly received the green light for a six-year term over an American legal expert from Georgetown University, is the former Indonesian U.N. ambassador who, in a 2006 statement, described Israel as demonstrating “ruthless contempt for the lives of the innocent” and perpetuating “callous attacks against terrorized and defenseless civilians,” according to Anne Bayefsky, a human rights scholar.

He also holds the dubious distinction of serving as president of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in its final year — an organization so contemptible that even former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it “cast a shadow on the reputation” of the U.N.

This latest insult to Israel doesn't end with Wibisono's appointment. Named a U.N. “special rapporteur” is Falk's wife, Hilal Elver, whose views aren't exactly divorced from her husband's.

So much for the Obama administration's goal to “reform” the U.N.'s despicable Human Rights Council. When does the administration get tired of wiping egg from its face by defending the broken United Nations “system”?

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