Urge Justin Trudeau to Oppose UN Bias Against Israel

Urge Justin Trudeau to Oppose UN Bias Against Israel

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UN Watch started this petition to Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am deeply disappointed that your government voted against Israel by supporting a one-sided UN General Assembly resolution, co-sponsored by North Korea, that criticized Israel's efforts to stop Palestinian suicide bombers from murdering Israelis.

After the UN already adopted a resolution for the whole world on the "universal right to self-determination," your government voted for the additional, PLO-sponsored resolution for "Palestinian self-determination" — a thinly-veiled ploy to single out Israel for censure.

I urge Canada to take a principled stand at the United Nations and oppose all resolutions that single out Israel for differential and discriminatory treatment. I commend the fact that Canada has generally opposed all of the other annual UN General Assembly resolutions that target Israel.

The need for your moral stance on this issue is crucial because, as a leading democracy, Canada is respected for upholding the UN’s own declared principles of equality, universality, and non-discrimination.

By opposing the United Nations’ anti-Israel bigotry, Canada can set an example for the world that discrimination in any forum should not be tolerated.

The UN’s pattern and practice of discrimination against the Jewish state is shocking. For example, as shown by the UN Watch database, at the General Assembly in 2019, Israel was targeted by 21 one-sided resolutions -- with only one each on Iran, Syria, North Korea, Crimea, Myanmar, and the United States. 

Meanwhile, there were zero resolutions adopted or introduced on the human rights situations in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries.

Likewise, since its founding in 2006, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted more resolutions against Israel than on Iran, Syria and North Korea combined; convened more urgent sessions and inquiries on Israel than on any other country; and continues to single out Israel alone under a permanent agenda item at every session.

All governments must be held accountable for their human rights record. Yet the practice of focusing the UN human rights agenda disproportionately on Israel, while ignoring gross and systematic violations in the rest of the world, constitutes politicized, selective, partial, and subjective behavior. 

By allocating scarce UN resources to the production of one-sided and politicized reports targeting Israel, victims in places like China, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are ignored.

Once again, we urge you to take a principled stand in opposing this discrimination, and we hope that Canada will demonstrate moral leadership at the United Nations by opposing double standards, selectivity, and the politicization of human rights.

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