by WorldTribune Staff, September 2, 2016
Advocacy groups supported by the United Nations are condoning terrorism and promoting the “destruction of Israel,” a report said.
“Bigots, anti-Semites, and terrorist advocates” within the UN are “spreading hatred and inciting violence,” according to a report issued by Human Rights Voices, a group that monitors bias at the UN, and the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.
“Most striking for an organization founded on the ashes of the Holocaust, the UN enables its accredited NGOs [non-governmental organizations] to play a central role in promoting modern anti-Semitism,” the report states.
“Although the preamble of the UN Charter promises the equal rights of nations large and small, UN-accredited NGOs foster the destruction of the UN member state of Israel.”
The groups that issued the report say it provides evidence of how a range of UN-backed groups use the institution to promote hatred and violence.
“There are numerous examples of UN-accredited NGOs engaging in anti-Semitism, promoting violence and terror, demonizing the UN member state of Israel, and advocating its destruction,” according to the report.
Many of the UN member states responsible for granting accreditation to the anti-Israel and anti-Western groups have questionable human rights records, the report said.
“The states running the UN accreditation processes are frequently countries that inhibit free speech and curtail the freedom of association in their own backyards, and deliberately use their UN powers to protect themselves in the international sphere,” the report noted.
“Current members of the most prolific UN NGO accreditation operation include such NGO-abusing states as China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Sudan. Iran is currently a Vice-Chair.”
“The UN cannot simply wash its hands of any responsibility, since its own selection and approval procedures belie any claims that UN officials are ignorant of NGOs’ purposes and content,” the report said. “And none of these excuses addresses the fact that the buck stops with UN member states, who are the ones charged with the responsibility of awarding or continuing UN accreditation for NGOs in the first place.”