Anonymous sources strike again.
A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details.
Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6.
Why would the United States do this?
The forum, set up in 2006, has a permanent standing agenda item on suspected violations committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories, which Washington wants removed.
Washington says the Council is stacked with opponents of Israel and boycotted it for three years under President George W. Bush before rejoining under Barack Obama in 2009.
It seems that the UN body thinks that Israel has been committing human rights abuses in Gaza. Israel denies this, but most of the rest of the world condemned them for it.
The question, though, is this walking away really going to happen. The American ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has indicated that if the body persisted in anti-Israel bias the United States will take a hike. However, not everyone got the memo that it would happen before July 6.
A separate U.S. official in Geneva had no information about a looming pull-out during the upcoming talks, saying: “We are still moving ahead with our engagement for the coming session.”
Well, that certainly does not make the situation clear.
Whatever the case really is, the fact remains that many members of the UN human rights committees and forums are themselves guilty of human rights violations. In addition, the non-government organization based in New York City is infested with people who detest the nation in which they are currently abiding. Maybe it’s time to look at eminent domain in a new light and bid the whole kit and kaboodle adieu.