By MEE staff – Published date: 22 July 2022
An Israeli organisation has called on the US to label the United Nations Human Rights Council as a hate organisation, accusing it of antisemitism for its probes into Israeli abuses of Palestinians.
In a letter sent to Deborah Lipstadt, the US special envoy for antisemitism, Shurat HaDin said the UNHRC is an “inherently antisemitic organization” and that it is working to delegitimise Israel by “reviving the banner of ‘Zionism is racism’.”
“The UNHRC is deeply infected with antisemitism and should be regarded as one of the largest perpetrators of Jew hatred internationally,” the group argues in its letter.
“The agency’s obsession with Israel [and] the themes and motives that guide the UNHRC and its actions portray numerous indications of antisemitism according to the internationally accepted IHRA definition.”
Shurat Hadin also asked Lipstadt to open an investigation of the UN body to monitor its actions and “irrational targeting” of Israel.