Steeped in antisemitism, “chilling words” were delivered by a high-ranking United Nations official attacking America and its allies in tendering his resignation with demands for a one-state solution that would mark the end of Israel.
As the U.N. continued to quibble over addressing what they refer to as the “Israel-Palestine crisis,” the director of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stepped down Saturday, Oct. 28 asserting that Israel was committing “a text-book case of genocide.”
Addressed to his boss, High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, Craig Mokhiber issued a lengthy “last official communication” in line with his record of disdain for the people of Israel bogged down with talking points indicative of his bias.
“We must support the establishment of a single, democratic, secular state in all of historic Palestine,” contended the outgoing official in one of “ten essential points” that continued, “with equal rights for Christians, Muslims and Jews, and, therefore, the dismantling of the deeply racist, settler-colonial project and an end to apartheid across the land.”
NEW: @UNHumanRights NY Office Director @CraigMokhiber resigns in protest over timidity of key parts of #UN system on issues pertaining to Palestinian Human Rights. In letter to @volker_turk he says: “This is a text-book case of genocide. The European, ethno-nationalist, settler… pic.twitter.com/lss1EvdLb3
— Rami Ayari (@Raminho) October 31, 2023
In another of his list, Mokhiber argued, “We must recognize that the US and other western powers are in fact not credible mediators, but rather actual parties to the conflict who are complicit with Israel in the violation of Palestinian rights, and we must engage them as such.”
Propping his record as a human rights lawyer, he wrote, “This is a text-book case of genocide.”
“The European, ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Palestine has entered its final phase, toward the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine,” the letter continued. “What’s more, the government of the United States, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe are wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Not only are these governments refusing to meet their treaty obligations ‘to ensure respect’ for the Geneva Conventions, but they are in fact actively arming the assault, providing economic and intelligence support, and giving political and diplomatic cover for Israel’s atrocities.”
“Listen to Mokhiber’s chilling words,” said professor Anne Bayefsky to Fox News Digital. The director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust went on, “Yes, Israel is engaged in an existential fight. At the U.N., there are human rights for everyone but Jews, who are supposed to lay down their arms in the face of a genocidal enemy currently enslaving their people. Mokhiber’s phony ‘human rights’ cover is extremely disturbing. He says equality means 21 Arab states, 56 Islamic states and zero Jewish states. That’s antisemitism dressed up as human rights.”
She further stated, “Mokhiber wrote this letter as one of the U.N.’s highest ranking ‘human rights’ officials, on U.N. letterhead, with a U.N. email address. As such, his overt call for the destruction of the Jewish state lays bare what is really going on at the U.N. in the war now being waged by and at the U.N. against Israel.”
In February, a report on the U.N. official called out his record of anti-Israel sentiments on social media with concern about his ability to remain objective and asserted in part, “Mr. Mokhiber was also found to be spreading misinformation, using stronger, more emotive, language when talking about Israel than any other country.”
— BPR (@BIZPACReview) March 5, 2023
“He expressed support for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), but he doesn’t appear to advocate boycotting any other country, clearly indicating he holds Israel to a higher standard than any other country, a form of antisemitism. Furthermore,” the report stated, “we found no commentary or social media posts by him criticizing Palestinian terrorism or Hamas/Islamic Jihad rocket attacks.”
Bayefsky remarked, “If he indeed suddenly ‘retired,’ instead of immediately being fired, it means the U.N. has made some kind of deal to save his pension. A new outrage — and one that leaves U.S. taxpayers on the hook.”
His were not the only challenged statements made by a U.N. official as last week Israel’s U.N. ambassador Gilad Erdan had demanded U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres resign for asserting Hamas’ terrorist attack slaughtering more than 1,400 “did not happen in a vacuum” and that the “Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”
After Erdan referred to the take as a “pure blood libel,” the secretary-general responded, “I am shocked by the misrepresentations by some of my statements yesterday in the Security Council. As if…I was justifying acts of terror by Hamas. This is false. It was the opposite.”
The Office of Human Rights offered comment on the resignation of the New York director and stated to Fox News, “Mr. Mokhiber retires today. The views in his letter are his personal views. The position of the Office is reflected in its public reporting and statements.”
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