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Jeremy Hunt’s hostility towards the UN shows he is not serious about the Israeli occupation

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In their desperate attempt to divert attention from the brutal reality of its military occupation, Israel and its supporters have successfully employed a number of tactics. None, however, have been more effective than the claim that institutions like the UN and human rights organisations such as Amnesty International are anti-Semitic and biased against the Zionist state. The cry of ”anti-Semitism” is the favoured go-to tactic of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu when his government is accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pro-Israel Lobbies in the West also use it.

In his denunciation of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), for example, Netanyahu claimed that it is “setting new records in hypocrisy and lies, out of obsessive hatred of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.” The same tactic was employed by Israeli politicians following the publication of a report by Amnesty International calling on the four major digital booking sites – Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor – to boycott hotels, rentals and tourism sites based in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who is tasked with tackling the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, accused Amnesty of being a leader in anti-Semitism simply due to its support for BDS.

The reaction of Netanyahu and Erdan — members of the most right-wing Israeli government in history, let’s not forget — is no surprise. What is surprising, though, is the fact that British politicians like Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who claim to uphold international law, endorse the hostility of Israel’s far-right by adopting the extreme position of voting against all Agenda Item 7 resolutions at the UNHCR as a matter of principle. This is likely to delight the Trump administration, which quit the council in June last year, citing its approach to Israel. Hunt is thus guilty of peddling the conspiracy theory concocted by Netanyahu that the UN body and human rights organisations are inherently racist and so should........

© Middle East Monitor