Testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on March 1 showed that the United Nations consistently displays anti-Israel bias and is disproportionately indebted to authoritarian regimes, including China and Russia.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield said international organizations seek to put Israel at a disadvantage and support actions that undermine its security and sovereignty.
“The United Nations is full of anti-Israel actions and institutions, including disproportionate resolutions against Israel across the United Nations system,” said Thomas Greenfield, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on States, Foreign Affairs, and Related Programs. told to
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The Ambassador expressed particular dissatisfaction with the continued influence of UN Special Rapporteur Francesca Albanese. compared Israel has expressed support for the Nazi Third Reich, expressed support for the Palestinian terrorist organization, and argued that Israel is merely an oppressive occupier rather than a sovereign state with legitimate security concerns. .
“I think her statement, her public position, is completely unacceptable,” said Thomas Greenfield. “We have expressed our concerns at the highest levels of the United Nations and will continue to do so.
“We have called on the United Nations to take action, particularly against individuals within the United Nations system who have shown bias against Israel in public statements.”
Similarly, the ambassador said the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is supposed to settle disputes between states in accordance with international law, “does not contribute” to its mission to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinian people. said.
“The ICJ … in certain circumstances … [appear] to uphold justice,” said Thomas Greenfield, “but not in this particular case.
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According to the Ambassador, among the many interrelated problems facing the UN is its apparent failure to adequately address human rights abuses.
To that end, she said some member states of the UN Human Rights Council are among the worst human rights abusers in the world. They frequently use their bodies to deter actions against their country and weaponize it against the United States.
“States that are human rights abusers want to join the council so that it can stop its actions,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
“Obviously, the Council is flawed.”
Among the many human rights abusers, the Human Rights Council now includes China’s communist regime, which the United States has formally acknowledged as responsible for genocide against a predominantly Muslim minority.
Similarly, China’s participation in the UN’s five-member Security Council effectively makes it impossible for the UN to seek justice on many issues, the ambassador said.
Still, Thomas Greenfield said it was important for the United States to maintain a presence at the United Nations to prevent a complete overthrow of the organization against the United States and its allies and partners.
“We are engaged in strategic competition, especially with China, to ensure the values of freedom, democracy and human rights,” she said.
“Without our leadership, China, Russia and others want to shape the United Nations, and the world, in an authoritarian image.”
As such, the Ambassador suggested that the United States seek to add additional permanent members to the Security Council, including India and Japan.
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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), chairman of the subcommittee, expressed concern about the work of the United Nations and its many failures.
“This important investment from American taxpayers is not exempt and should not be exempt from the expectation that American interests are moving forward,” he said.
“The American people want a United Nations that supports, not undermines, our security, and our allies and partners are not attacked or weakened by this agency.
“Unfortunately, the UN too often makes serious mistakes there.”
Diaz-Balart condemned what he called the UN’s “institutionalized anti-Israel prejudice” and said that the Security Council continues to be involved in “flag violations of the UN Charter” with “Russia and We are paralyzed by China.”
He also questioned whether the Biden administration has the political will to assert itself at the United Nations and defend America’s and democratic interests more broadly.
“This administration justified rejoining and reengaging. [Human Rights] By promising that the United States will bring about change, the Council will,” Diaz-Balart said.
“The question before us is the political political challenge that this administration will use our contributions and positions to advance our interests and reform the United Nations more effectively in achieving peace and security. Willingness or not. This is the central tenant of the United Nations Charter.”
The Office of the Secretary-General did not respond to the Epoch Times’ request for comment by the time of the press conference.