Should Israel's record on human rights be under scrutiny?

  • Yes. Shouldn't Every Country's?

    Israel's record on human rights should be evaluated. They have clearly done some questionable things since they became a country in 1948. Their history and relationship with the Palestinian people should be under scrutiny. Every country should be evaluated for their human rights records. Every country should have to answer for their actions.

  • Absolutely

    Israel and the IDF have a long track record of human rights offenses, it would be refreshing to see the unconditional green light the United States gives them be lifted and for there to be some accountability for their actions. Sadly, this is near the bottom of the list of things that are likely to happen.

  • Accountability? Sure, Do It.

    Every sovereign nation must have a system of checks and balances placed on it to ensure that what it does is good for its people. Israel is no exception. If something is found within their record, they need to acknowledge it and take steps to move forward or if nothing is found then they can serve as an example and continue to move forward.

  • Why Not?

    Is anyone really harmed by being evaluated closely? Business managers from around the world would say no. As such, there is not good reason why Israel's record on human rights should not be looked at under a microscope. Worst case scenario, nothing bad is found and everyone can see that Israel has a good record on human rights.

  • Not more than any other nation. I'm all for scrutinizing all countries, including Israel, but to single out Israel is just plain wrong & anti-Semitic.

    This is the problem with the U.N. They focus almost exclusively on Israel. & ignore much greater & pressing human rights violations.
    This is a clear anti-Semitic double standard. Sure, Israel isn't perfect, but what nation is? Does anyone in their right mind think that Israel is nearly as bad as other nations, especially all of its middle eastern neighbors, & especially considering the extremely difficult situation the third in, when it comes to human rights?
    If you do, Send me a debate challenge, I'll be glad to accept.

    The UNHRC is one of the most overtly anti-semitic branches of the U.N.

    The council voted on 30 June 2006 to make a review of alleged human rights abuses by Israel a permanent feature of every council session.
    The mandate is to "investigate human rights violations by Israel only, not by Palestinians".
    The Council's special rapporteur on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is its only expert mandate with no year of expiry. The resolution, which was sponsored by Organisation of the Islamic Conference, passed by a vote of 29 to 12 with five abstentions. Human Rights Watch urged it to look at international human rights and humanitarian law violations committed by Palestinian armed groups as well. Human Rights Watch called on the Council to avoid the selectivity that discredited its predecessor and urged it to hold special sessions on other urgent situations, such as that in Darfur.

    In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan argued that the Commission should not have a "disproportionate focus on violations by Israel. Not that Israel should be given a free pass. Absolutely not. But the Council should give the same attention to grave violations committed by other states as well."

    By April 2007, the Council had passed nine resolutions condemning Israel, the only country which it had specifically condemned.

    On 20 June 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement that read: "The Secretary-General is disappointed at the council's decision to single out only one specific regional item given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world."

    since the UN Human Rights Council was launched in mid-2006 and until the beginning of 2010, it issued 33 condemnatory resolutions; of these, half a dozen have concerned Burma and North Korea, while the other 27 have focused on condemning Israel, while absolving its attackers, including the Iranian-backed militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Since its creation in 2006 48.1% of all country-specific resolutions passed by the Council were against israel.

    There is much to write on the subject, unfortunately I don't have the time or space to do so here & now.

    Here are some resources:

    U.N. Watch (

    The case for Israel by Allen Dershowitz - N.Y.T. #1 Best seller.

    U.N. ME


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