UN commission’s ‘anti-Semitic’ move prompts Biden to demand disbandment of anti-Israel group

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Another scandal involving alleged anti-Semitism has rattled a controversial UN commission of inquiry after it was accused in June of publishing anti-Semitic report against Israel.

UN experts and human rights groups told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration should strip the UN commission of funding that is being used to incite hatred against Jews and Israel.

Miloun Kotari, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem and Israel, which published the report, said in a little-known anti-Israel blog: “We are very disappointed with social media that is controlled in many ways – whether it be the Jewish lobby or specific NGOs.”

“A lot of money is spent trying to discredit us,” Kotari said.


Human Rights Council at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Human Rights Council at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Ambassador Michelle Taylor, U.S. Permanent Representative to United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, tweeted on Thursday: “We are outraged by the recent anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli comments made by a member of the Israeli COI. [Commission of Inquiry]. These unacceptable remarks unfortunately add to our deep concern about the openness and overreach of COI and the HRC. [Human Rights Council]Israel’s disproportionate and biased attitude towards Israel.”

Kothari went so far as to call for the dissolution of Israel in an interview published on July 25 by Mondoweiss, a website that the Anti-Defamation League considers “clearly anti-Israeli”.

“I would even pose the question of why [Israel is] Even as a member of the United Nations, Kotari said, the Israeli government is not honoring its own obligations as a UN member state. They are, in fact, consistently, either directly or through the United States, trying to undermine the mechanisms of the UN.”

The Permanent Mission of Israel in Geneva criticized the Commission of Inquiry: “The interview given by Mr. Kotari is just the latest in a series of highly disturbing comments made by members of this commission. Just last month, another member, Chris Sidoti, claimed that some Jews were tossing around accusations of anti-Semitism “like rice at a wedding” and were effectively legitimizing anti-Semitism against themselves. He also claimed that these Jews, who felt they had experienced anti-Semitism, defiled the memory of the six million victims of the Shoah.”

Israeli mission to United Nations in Switzerland noted: “These comments completely undermine the experience of many Jews and undermine the global fight against anti-Semitism, which is on the rise around the world.”


The ADL noted that Mondoweiss, the platform on which Kotari made his anti-Israel remarks, “posted a cartoon by anti-Semitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff, who won second place in the 2006 Iranian competition for the ‘best’ Holocaust-denying or downplaying cartoon.”

“All three members of the UN investigation, including its chairman Navi Pillay, were appointed precisely because of their very well-known bias against Israel, which is clearly confirmed by this interview,” said Ann Baefsky, president of Human Rights Voices and director of the Touro Institute for Human Rights. and the Holocaust.

“They do not meet the most basic UN requirements and promises of impartiality and objectivity. The right thing to do is stop funding and disband a mission that brings a deep disrepute to the UN and its highest human rights body,” she told Fox News Digital. .

people visit "Without fear: an action of solidarity with the Jewish people" in Washington, DC, July 11, 2021, with the support of the Alliance for Israel, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith International and others.

People attend “Without Fear: Rally of Solidarity with the Jewish People” in Washington DC, July 11, 2021, organized by the Alliance for Israel, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith International and others. organizations.
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She added: “There really is no way to avoid describing this outbreak of Mr. Kotari as anything but a grotesque manifestation of anti-Semitism. The legitimacy of this UN investigation has been undermined. This is an “investigation” allegedly about “systematic discrimination” whose purpose and practice is systematic discrimination – against the Jewish state and the Jews.”

Navi Pillay, Chairman of the COI, said in a letter to the President of the Human Rights Council: “The Commission does not question the status or membership of the United Nations of any of the States concerned within its mandate. The foundations of the legitimacy of the State of Israel, along with the State of Palestine, have been defined by General Assembly Resolution 181 and will never be questioned by this Commission.”

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Pillay did not condemn these remarks, but rather stated that “Kotari’s comments about the efforts of governments as well as specific NGOs to discredit individual members of the Commission have again been deliberately misrepresented to imply that ‘social media’ is controlled by the Jewish lobby.”

Human rights organization from Los Angeles Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter Wednesday to US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield urging the Biden administration to take action against the Commission of Inquiry.

The Wiesenthal Center called Kothari’s comments anti-Semitic and urged the ambassador to “publicly condemn Kothari’s slanderous statements, false accusations and anti-Jewish remarks against America’s ally Israel and the Jewish people.”

The Wiesenthal Center also demanded that “the administration give its full support to a proposed bipartisan bill in Congress to abolish the Anti-Israel Commission of Inquiry.”


Sen. Bob Menendez, DN.J., Chairman Senate Foreign Relations Committeetweeted in response to Kotari’s attack on Israel:

“The false definition of Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ is contrary to history and facts. Instead of feeding marginal members within @UN_HRC who relentlessly propagate clear prejudice against Israel, @UN this prejudice that undermines his critical work must be removed.”

And while no action has been taken against the two members so far — which observers doubt — a Human Rights Council spokesman told Fox News Digital: “The Human Rights Council takes a vigilant stance against antisemitism, including any comments or actions that are considered as stigmatizing.” Jewish people. The Council has long opposed all forms of discrimination and racism and strongly condemns such heinous acts.”