A SENIOR United Nations official has been accused of endorsing anti-Semitism - 'UNHRC endorsed anti-Semitic charter'. The charge of racism is made by UN Watch in a complaint about of the endorsement of the Arab Charter on Human Rights which includes phrases such as "rejecting all forms of racism and Zionism, which constitute a violation of human rights and a threat to international peace and security," as well as "all forms of racism, Zionism and foreign occupation and domination constitute an impediment to human dignity... all such practices must be condemned and efforts must be deployed for their elimination."
UN Watch wants UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to clarify her recent endorsement of the charter which it says is itself racist.
"Zionism is the movement for Jewish self-determination and asserts the inherent and internationally-acknowledged right of Israel to exist," it says.
"A text that equates Zionism with racism, describes it as a threat to world peace, as an enemy of human rights and human dignity, and then urges its elimination, is blatantly anti-Semitic.
"Even if the Arab Charter may contain other, constructive provisions, nothing can justify any endorsement of a text with such hateful language," it states.
This is the latest in a series of controversies involving clear cut instances of bias against Israel from UN bodies such as the heavily stacked UN Human Rights Council (dominated by Muslim nations bent on attacking the Jewish State when it defends its citizens against Palestinian terrorism while avoiding far more serious human rights issues including the atrocities committed by Arab militias in Sudan) and the UN refugee agency UNWRA, a major employer of Palestinians (including terrorists) in Gaza. Most of these problems stem from blatant animus against the Jewish State although there are also some obvious cases of ignorance starting at the top where to the astonishment of many observers, even United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demonstrated last week that he was seemingly unaware of Egypt's involvement in the blockade.
The head of UNWRA in Gaza, John Ging, has been quoted by apologists for the illegal Hamas regime in Gaza in support of that group's shameful theatrics and manipulation of the events from the region - The Apologists. UNWRA has in the past been exposed for employing members of Hamas - Terror on the UN Payroll?
Other United Nations apparatchiks are responsible for the dissemination of falsehoods concerning Israel's Right to Self-Defense according to international law - International Law and Gaza: The Assault on Israel's Right to Self-Defense.
We often see members of the media with anti-Israel agendas picking up some of the most outrageously dishonest interpretations of the law and publishing them as fact and without challenge. As a result the United Nations has allowed itself to be used by those who willingly manipulate events for their own propaganda purposes - Special Report: The Hamas Propaganda War.
The tragedy is that the United Nations has allowed itself to become a player in a process that is speeding the Palestinians on a trip to nowhere.