Nummer zes in het rijtje is Jan Wijenberg, oud-ambassadeur in Saoedi-Arabië, die indertijd het CIDI een terroristische organisatie noemde die verboden moest worden, en bij het NRC pleitte voor ontslag van toenmalig columnist Afshin Ellian. Hij strooit ook royaal met leugens over Israel. Het komt vaker voor dat (ex) ambassadeurs in Arabische landen zich anti-Israel uitlaten. Zo twitterde de ambassadeur in Qatar onlangs blij te zijn met de Israel boycots, en werd hierom door minister Timmermans gecorrigeerd. Als je lang genoeg in het riool leeft, ruik je de stank niet meer en ga je die zelf ook verspreiden. Het is jammer dat sommige mensen die nooit meer lijken te verliezen.
The rogues’ gallery to replace Richard Falk
Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
After his six notorious years as the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the principles and bases of international law,” term limits will soon — finally — put an end to the term of , whose inflammatory and racist comments earned him from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.S., Britain and Canada.
The 47-nation council, which just welcomed China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its ranks, will be replacing Falk — an open supporter of Hamas and of 9/11 conspiracy theories — at the end of its upcoming March session.
While the title of the post is “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,” implying a regional jurisdiction, in fact the – unchanged since February 1993 — is unique in the UN system for its exclusive focus on alleged abuses committed by one side, Israel; and by the presumption, in contempt of basic due process, that Israel will always be found guilty.
By contrast, violations of human rights committed by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad — be it terrorism against Israelis or oppression of fellow Palestinians — are entirely excluded.
The UNHRC’s rules are clear: only Israel gets investigated, only Israel gets condemned. If the council applies the same selection criteria it used to appoint Falk, following are the leading candidates.
“Their preference is white, educated, violin-playing surgeons, but they will take Ethiopian peasants if need be, if that’s all that’s available.”
In her application for the UN job, Bennis reveals that she “worked on a voluntary basis” with Falk, accompanying him in the Palestinian territories, and assisting in “conceptualizing and drafting several of his reports.”
One of the Falk-Bennis collaborations was attacking a UN panel that dared to uphold the legality and security justifications of Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. “It is a sad day for both the global rule of law and the well-being of some of the most vulnerable and abused people on the planet,” they wrote.
She pointed the finger at UN Watch for “undermining and delegitimizing Richard Falk,” saying it was “pretty rare for Special Rapporteurs to face condemnation, insult, and attack from high-ranking UN officials, including the Secretary-General, or powerful diplomatic actors from their home country — such as US representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice.”
London School of Economics professor Christine Chinkin applied for the same post back in 2008, and was shortlisted in second place after Falk. Her chances this time have only improved given her record as one of the key authors of the infamous Goldstone Report, a document that effectively exonerated Hamas while excoriating Israel.
When Judge Goldstone later retracted the core accusation of the report, Chinkin joined with the two others to in all but name of misrepresenting facts in order to cast doubt on the credibility of their joint report.
Chinkin first made her name at the UN by serving with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the HRC’s 2006 inquiry into the deaths of 19 Palestinians killed in Beit Hanoun by errant Israeli shells.
to discover that its own detailed and substantial written submission to the fact-finding mission – a 54-page document with 257 footnotes – was summarily ignored. Chanet, as head of the panel, bears responsibility for this refusal to examine information that provided essential context.
[S]everal actors deserve the blame for the problems: Israel and its friends, who have manipulated the truth about the nature of the work of the United Nations by gross exaggeration of the role and intervention of certain fanatics…
For Schabas, Ahmadinejad was merely a “provocative politician,” not a barbaric murderer of his own people, inciter of genocidal anti-Semitism, or arch-sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East.
Johannes Jacobus Wijenberg, also known as Jan Wijenberg, is a former Dutch ambassador to Saudi Arabia. According to an article in the, Wijenberg regularly writes to Dutch ministers and politicians urging them to “hold Israel accountable to international law.”
In Wijenberg’s opinion, reports the article, “the European Union and the Netherlands have become an instrument of Israel’s foreign policy.” He believes Europe can play a “key role” by imposing “heavy sanctions against Israel.” In addition:
· In 2010, he calling for Obama to condemn Israel for the Flotilla incident, adding “If you dare to face down AIPAC, you deserve a place of honour as president of the free people in the world. If not, forget your legacy.”