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U.N. Attacking Israeli Interests

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 29, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the United Nations will call for an international effort to damage Israel economically by attacking American companies that do business with it.  This includes large corporation such as Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Motorola.  The economic attack will also involve European companies that do business with Israel.

The UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) is spearheading the aggressively anti-Israeli action and has stated: “The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable,” and further offered threats “including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses.”

The HRC’s anti-Israeli positions are not surprising given that the organization’s makeup includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, China, and Cuba.  Having this group dish out human rights punishments is an outrage.

President George W. Bush refused to work with HRC and he was correct in this approach.  After taking office, President Barack Obama joined HRC with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice stating:Working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.”  This naive approach to foreign policy has been a trademark of the Obama Administration.  It is an example of America’s foreign policy failures in the Middle East during the past four years.


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