This is a guest post by Eliyahu m’Tsiyon of Emet m’Tsiyon
The Guardian’s hostile bias where Israel is concerned is notorious. A recent piece by Rory McCarthy on January 6 is a case in point. The article starts off as a report on the riots in El-Arish involving pro-Hamas European and Arab militants led by UK MP George Galloway. It then goes on to endorse anti-Israel charges in regard to last year’s Gaza war made by unnamed NGOs and by the UN Human Rights Council’s Fact Finding Mission to Gaza, known as the Goldstone Commission.
…the serious, documented allegations of war crimes raised by human rights groups and, most prominently, a UN investigation which was strongly critical of Israel‘s policy and accused both the Israeli military and Hamas of war crimes.
Now most NGOs, notoriously politicized as a group, and here I include Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and supported by various Western governments and the EU, are obviously partisan and usually support positions desired by their financial backers. NGO Monitor has documented both the sources of governmental funding for many of these “non-governmental organizations,” as well as their anti-Israel bias. This bias shows up quite plainly not only in the scolding, self-righteous rhetoric that is customarily used against Israel but in the inordinate, disproportionate attention that they give to Israel’s alleged misdeeds while the genocide that has been going on in the Sudan, for example, off and on since 1956 is seldom attended to and when it does get attention is usually minimized.
As for the Goldstone Commission, its investigation was initiated by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as its secretary-general Ihsanoglu boasts.
“Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu: Let me first start by completing the story of the history of the Goldstone report. What I would like to put on record is that the OIC was the initiator of this process.
On January 3, during the attacks on Gaza, we convened the executive committee of the OIC on a ministerial level. It was decided that the OIC group in Geneva should ask the Human Rights Council to convene and consider the possibility of sending a fact-finding mission to Gaza.
The OIC was instrumental in getting through this resolution and thanks to the good offices of Ms Pilay, the UN high commissioner [for “human rights”], that she formed this fact-finding mission headed by Judge Goldstone.” [emphasis added]
In other words, it was not a body of disinterested humanitarians and zealots for peace and international law who initiated the Goldstone Report. It was an Islamic body, a very interested, party, a partisan body on the side of Islamic political interests that initiated the whole process of the Goldstone Report. Note that the UN “Human Rights” Council works hand in glove with the OIC. This body basically supports the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam which aims to vitiate the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Cairo Declaration has been analyzed by David Littman and by Carlo Panella [in his book, Il “Complotto Ebraico”, L’Antisemitismo Islamico da Maometto a Bin Laden (Torino: Lindau 2005)]
Let us quote from Article 1b of the Cairo Declaration in order to see how subtle and smooth these Islamists can be in affirming what they perceive as Islamic superiority and the Islamic right to supremacy.
All human beings are subject to God and the most beloved by Him are those who are most useful to the rest of His subjects, and no one has superiority over the others except on the basis of piety and good actions. [Article 1 b, Panella, p 247]
Now, just who are “the most beloved. . . who are most useful to the rest”? In any event, some are superior to others “on the basis of piety and good actions.” Now, who are truly pious if not followers of Islam –and only they– in the view of the OIC? Whose actions are truly good and what are those “good actions”? Could establishing Islamic law, shari`ah, throughout the world and making followers of Islam superior to all others be a “good action”? Could fighting a jihad be a “good action” as Islamic law affirms?
So those who deny universal human rights and universal human equality guide the actions [“good actions”?] of the UN “Human Rights” Council!
On the corruption of the UN Human Rights Council’s predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, consider how Christian Rocca put it, in an article for Il Foglio April 27, 2005.
At the UN, the Torturers Watch over Human Rights
“China, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Libya have three things in common: they are ferocious dictatorships, they reject the concept of human rights, and they are enthusiastic members of the UN Human Rights Commission. In 2003, Libya even presided over its work… The regimes that torture and repress and keep their own subjects in chains are never missing from the Commission. Indeed, they are the ones that seek most tenaciously to get a seat at Geneva…. Even Kofi Annan’s wise men have recognized that some countries go into the Commission “not to reinforce human rights but to protect themselves against criticism or to criticize other countries.” [emphasis added]
Note that Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are all members of the OIC which, I repeat, endorses the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, meant to vitiate the original 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As Christian Rocca notes, Libya, a member of the OIC, presided over the Commission in 2003. At that time, Libya was holding in horrendous conditions five Bulgarian nurses falsely charged with injecting AIDS virus into Libyan children as scapegoats for Libyan medical failure. A Palestinian Arab doctor was also charged along with the Bulgarian nurses and he too was jailed for eight years. Now that’s the kind of state that dominates the UN Human Rights Council. But it seems that McCarthy of the Guardian knows nothing about that reality and uncritically accepts NGO and Goldstone Commission charges against Israel, whereas he ought to know that the Goldstone Report was initiated by the militant Muslims of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. If McCarthy really believes that the NGO and Goldstone Commission charges against Israel are “serious”, then neither McCarthy nor the Guardian should be taken seriously. If he knows the reality, and then writes what he wrote, then he’s seriously dishonest.