January 18, 2020

Israeli Foreign Ministry Praises Ukraine for Leaving UN Committee on Palestinian Rights

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a tweet on Jan. 6 lavishing praise on Ukraine for exiting from the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP).

The tweet read, “We congratulate #Ukraine for ceasing its membership in the #UN’s anachronistic anti-Israeli #CEIRPP.” The ministry added, “We urge other committee members to follow suit. What are you still doing there???”

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer tweeted that the CEIRPP is a “pro-[Palestine Liberation Organization] propaganda committee.” He added that its membership has now declined from 26 countries to 25.

“This Orwellian U.N. committee claims to be about human rights but includes a plethora of serial human rights violators: Belarus, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Turkey, Venezuela …,” Neuer wrote in a subsequent tweet. “Needless to say, there is no U.N. committee for the rights of the Kurdish people.”

According to The Jerusalem Post, the CEIRPP “is the source of many resolutions criticizing Israel, which are often adopted by the UN General Assembly.” UN Watch has similarly criticized the CEIRPP for turning “a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. Committee’s mandate concerns Israeli actions only and is inherently prejudiced and one-sided.”

UN Watch has noted that the CEIRPP produced a resolution in November 2018 condemning “the Israeli occupation” and “the Nakba without tangible progress towards a peaceful solution.” The U.N. General Assembly passed the resolution later in the month. Additionally, in April 2014, the CEIRPP organized a conference that UN Watch said was “a gathering to promote lawfare and the global campaign of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel under the seemingly neutral auspices of the U.N.”