What’s Wrong with America’s Human Rights Policies? – opinion

US President Joe Biden celebrated America’s return to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 14 by declaring, “Defending human rights is … the fundamental challenge of our time.”

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Adding these lofty words, he continued: “It is at the center of my administration’s foreign policy and it goes to the heart of who we are as a nation and as a people.”

President Biden is right. Human rights are a fundamental value of the American people. The only problem is, there are too many things wrong with America’s human rights policies so far.

There are some recent examples.

First, the State Department rebuked Israel’s designation of six Palestinian NGOs for their ties to a notorious terrorist organization.

Spokesman Ned Price was quick to defend supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which he murdered en masse, stating that “we believe that respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and a strong civil society are vitally important for responsive and responsible governance. ”

United States President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference at the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, Italy, on October 31, 2021 (credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS).

Price, apparently following the lead of the morally inept UN and European Union, was acting as if these NGOs were simply regular members of global civil society.

But they are not. The United States and Israel agree that the PFLP is financed by Iran and is a designated terrorist group by law.

In 2014, two PFLP-affiliated terrorists murdered a group of praying rabbis in a Jerusalem synagogue and then killed the Druze police officer who rushed to try to stop the murderous attack.

How is it possible that any organization that receives resources from the PFLP is not already a designated terrorist organization, especially since several employees of the six designated organizations have been arrested on terrorism charges?

Hit one.

Then there is the thorny issue of communist China.

Most Americans probably missed an obscure tweet from a university professor in Shanghai quoting diplomatic statements from the Chinese Communist Party. “On November 2 and 3, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Ma Zhaoxu, respectively, had a telephone conversation with the Iranian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs @alibagherikani and the US special envoy for Iran,” the tweet read .

In other words, these conversations (as yet undisclosed by the Biden administration) made the main human rights violators, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), intermediaries between the United States and Iran over something as inconsequential as nuclear weapons. This is the same CCP that ignores the alleged US sanctions on Iranian oil.

A day later, it was announced that the resumption of Iranian nuclear negotiations would take place on November 29 in Europe. On the same day, Iranian naval ships harassed another American ship in the Strait of Hormuz.

Is there anyone left who thinks that future energetic protests by Washington against the genocide of the Uighurs by Beijing or the Iranian thuggish regime, which denies the Holocaust and seeks genocide, will be met with anything but mockery?

The Iranian regime, which hangs minorities from cranes, routinely engages in hostage diplomacy and threatens Israel’s destruction, has already received enough economic concessions from the Biden administration to increase its accessible cash reserves by $ 27. billion in just one year. Researcher Gabriel Noronha estimates that this constitutes a 750% increase.

Is this how the Biden administration prioritizes human rights?

The third strike concerns the shocking and continuing human rights catastrophe that persists after the disastrous withdrawal of the United States government from Afghanistan.

Anyone who believed that something had changed in a nation once again controlled by the Taliban was debunked of that notion this week by a CNN correspondent who witnessed a nine-year-old girl being sold as a child bride to a 55-year-old man. Her father of eight’s last words to his daughter’s buyer were heartbreaking: “This is your girlfriend. Please take care of her … please don’t hit her. ”

So far the investment of American taxpayers in the women and girls of Afghanistan.

While America’s foreign policy has always been decided by the executive branch, Congress has traditionally played an active role in pushing presidents to do more for human rights abroad.

Not in 2021.

The current chair of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives is also one of the most anti-Israel members of Congress.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, is a proud defender of the vicious anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which exclusively targets Israel.

Rep. McCollum also doesn’t hide her bigotry. He once had the audacity to refer to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as a hate group. He often parrots the big lie that Israel is an “apartheid state.” Last summer, when Hamas fired 5,000 rockets at Israeli civilians, it had nothing but sympathy for the terrorists in Gaza.

It’s no wonder, then, that last week the president sponsored legislation openly supporting the six Palestinian NGOs blacklisted by Israel for supporting terrorism. She was, of course, joined by the “Squad”.

We can assume that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was familiar with McCollum’s bigotry, but she still gave the terrorist sympathizer the chairmanship of a powerful subcommittee that oversees the funding of our military (including the support we provide to Israel. to defend against terrorists). ).

Tragically, President Pelosi let politics, not human rights, be her guide, and not just with this appointment.

Just a few weeks ago, President Pelosi was addressing one of the most elite universities in the world and began to reflect on China.

He regretted “its military aggression in the South China Sea, with the continuation of the genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, with its violation of Tibet’s cultural-religious priority, with the suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China as well, they are just getting worse in terms of repression and freedom of expression. ”

But then he took a turn: “Having said all that… we have to work together on the climate. Climate is a primary problem. “

Political experts are now focused on President Pelosi’s efforts to pass a multibillion-dollar, game-changing national package.

Perhaps they can pause long enough to provoke their reaction to 40 of their colleagues in the House who voted against the resolution of a fellow Democrat who expresses support for the suffering people of Cuba in their “workers’ paradise.”

Fidel Castro must be smiling in the smoky section of hell.

America needs to ignore human rights. The administration must start by demanding that the UN Human Rights Council abandon its hypocritical and corrosive anti-peace practice of having an attack on Israel as a permanent item on its meeting agenda (literally, it is item 7 during every meeting). You should request that President Pelosi remove and reassign Representative McCollum.

And when it comes to Iran and China, it is time to rediscover our moral backbone to uphold our core values ​​of upholding human dignity both morally and geopolitically.

That will require opening a new chapter in America’s foreign policy driven by courage, vision, and real leadership.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper is the Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The Rev. Johnnie Moore is the president of the Congress of Christian Leaders and a two-time member of the United States Commission on International Religious Liberty. They are the authors of “The Next Jihad”.


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