Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-19) released this statement regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council's consideration of six resolutions aimed solely at singling out and delegitimizing Israel on the international stage. These resolutions come at a time when Israel's neighbors are struggling to achieve the most basic freedoms and human rights, and when Israel is the only partner willing to come to the table for direct peace talks.
Statement by Congressman Ted Deutch:
"It is appalling that the United Nations Human Rights Council continues to promulgate offensive and biased resolutions targeting Israel, while at the same time permitting some of the world's worst human rights abusers to continue to serve as members of the Council. Allowing Syria to seek membership in the Council's next session would further the hypocrisy of this body and give credibility to states who oppress their people under a constant state of emergency while repressing the most basic democratic rights.
"The six resolutions before the Council this week - one of which goes so far as to outrageously accuse Israel of ethnic cleansing in the West Bank - are grossly inaccurate and unjust and come just a week after the horrific, unconscionable slaying of Ruth and Udi Fogel and three of their young children in the West Bank.
"Before focusing all of its energy on demonizing the democratic state of Israel, this Council should look inwards at the profoundly unjust actions of its own members, and those who wish to become members. It is time that the Human Rights Council holds its members accountable, instead of focusing on inappropriate and ill-timed resolutions against Israel."