The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, with a membership of over 950 Orthodox Rabbis — wholeheartedly supports the US decision to withdraw its membership and support from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday fulfills a solemn pledge to leave a body that has been justifiably accused of hypocrisy and creating a tendentious climate against Israel.
“For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,” Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. She said the decision was an affirmation of US respect for human rights, a commitment that “does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
Haley warned a year ago that the US would pull out if the council failed to address the clear and insidious bias toward Israel.
Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice president of the RAA/Igud HaRabbonim said, “it is clear that the UN Human Rights Council has flagrantly betrayed its very name and purported mission. Since its creation in 2006, it has been used as a propaganda tool by the majority member nations of this odious world body for the single purpose of excoriating and condemning Israel.”
He added that, “While their non-existent charges of human rights abuses have been incessantly leveled against the only stable democracy in the Middle East, the HRC has willfully ignored the egregious human rights abuses that take place on a daily basis in such countries as China, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other neighboring nations.”
May He who makes peace in His heavens make peace for us and for all Israel, Amen.