Conference of Presidents Praises 22 Countries, led by the United States, Urging an End to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Biased Commission of Inquiry on Israel

New York, NY,... Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

"We applaud the joint statement led by the United States and joined by 21 countries, which condemns the discriminatory UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)’s Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was established in the wake of Israel’s defensive actions against Hamas terrorists who fired over 4,000 rockets at civilian targets last May. The open-ended nature and disproportionate funding of the COI demonstrates the UNHRC’s disproportionate and prejudiced scrutiny of Israel.

"In a Joint Statement delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor, the United States and 21 nations made it unequivocally clear that, 'We believe the nature of the COI established last May is further demonstration of long-standing, disproportionate attention given to Israel in the Council and must stop.'

"Israel remains the only member state in the history of the UN that has been singled out for taking a defensive military action to protect its civilian population from indiscriminate violence. The COI report makes no mention of the existential threats facing Israel, particularly the terrorist group Hamas, nor does it mention Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with the UN Charter, while framing Israel as the root cause of regional conflict.

"We are deeply grateful to President Biden and his administration for initiating the statement and to Austria, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Eswatini, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Palau, Togo, and the United Kingdom for speaking out against the UNHRC’s rampant anti-Israel bias.

"Last week, the Conference of Presidents encouraged UN Member nations to join the joint statement, in coordination with member and partner organizations AIPAC; American Jewish Committee; American Jewish Congress; Anti-Defamation League; B'nai B'rith International; CAMERA; Hadassah, Women’s Zionist Organization of America; Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Jewish Federations of North America; Simon Wiesenthal Center; StandWithUs; and World Jewish Congress - North America."

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