According to recent reports, since 2006 the United Nation’s Human Rights Council has condemned Israel 32 times by resolutions, amounting to 48 percent of that body's resolutions. Compare that with Sudan’s human-rights abuses, about which it has expressed "deep concern" but no condemnation. Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan admitted that the council's actions created a "credibility deficit."
A recent list of member nations of the U.N.'s Human Rights Council included such bastions of democracy and humanity as Libya, Pakistan, Cuba, Uganda and Egypt.
This situation reminds me of the old Tom Lehrer song, “They're Rioting in Africa.” It had stanzas such as:
They're rioting in Africa, la la la la la,
There's strife in Iran, la la la la
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls,
The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
The Italians hate the Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.
And I don't like anybody very much.
Well, in view of the reported data from the U.N., one might adapt Lehrer's ditty, and it would go like this:
They're rioting in Africa,
There's strife in Iran
There's slaughter in Asia, assassinations of Norwegians and Dutch,
And the U.N. doesn't like Israel very much.
Ronald Goldfarb is a Washington, D.C., based attorney, author and literary agent.