Over two-thirds of the US Senate, including a mix of both Democrats and Republicans, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding that the Biden administration end the UN Human Rights Council’s unprecedented commission of inquiry into Israeli “war crimes” during Operation Guardian of the Walls.
Signed by 31 Democrats and 37 Republicans, the letter was headed by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Ron Portman (R-OH). “This one-sided approach is consistent with UNHRC’s continuing bias against Israel and the disproportionate use of resources in an ongoing campaign to disparage, discredit and denounce Israel,” the letter stated.
Earlier this year, the Biden administration rejoined the council after Trump’s withdrawal, promising to “oppose the Council’s disproportionate attention on Israel, which includes the Council’s only standing agenda item targeting a single country.”
As it stands, not only is the UN probe against Israel unprecedented but three members appointed to the commission “have repeatedly taken public and hostile positions against Israel on the very subject matter that they are called upon to ‘independently and impartially investigate,” as stated in a letter by Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israel’s Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, to the commission’s head, Navi Pillay.
Pillay, who is a South African judge, not only has a long background of making rabid anti-Israel statements but has actively lobbied against Israel over the years.