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ICYMI: UN Only Condemns Israel as Violator of Women's Rights

When you think about women’s rights…and then which countries in the world are the worst violators of them, Israel probably isn’t the first one that comes to mind. Unless you’re the U.N.

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Out of nine official documents produced from the UN's annual Commission on the Status of Women report, only one of the UN's 193 members were mentioned in regards to infringement of women's rights – Israel – in what Jerusalem says in another case of UN bias. […]

It was the only report that focused on any specific country, and seemed to focus largely on the Palestinian issue, occasionally tying it in with gender-related issues, for example unemployment, which was the main complaint sounded by the report.

It is worth noting that according to a 2014 World Economic Forum report, Israel ranked 57th out 137 for female political empowerment; the US ranked 54th and Saudi Arabia ranked 117th. Some 27 of Israel's 120 Knesset members are women.

Surely flaws could be pointed out in any country, but to single out Israel while making no mention of the dozens of other countries in the world that are serious violators of women's rights is absurd. Just consider, for example, places like Syria, where women are being raped and tortured as a tactic of war; or Saudi Arabia, where they cannot drive a car or interact with men—the latter of which could get them charged with prostitution and jail time and/or lashes as a punishment; or what about in Palestine, where there’s been an uptick in honor killings in recent years, and where women cannot appear in public without headscarves; or the host of African nations where females are subjected to genital mutilation. 

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So, why Israel? 

It should probably come as no surprise that the resolution, which was adopted 27-2, was co-sponsored by Palestinians.The United States and Israel were the only two countries in the 45-member commission to vote against it, while all European Union members abstained.

“If anyone has ever doubted that the UN is biased against Israel, today we got further proof. Of the 193 member states in this institution, dozens slaughter innocent civilians and impose discriminatory laws that marginalize women and yet they all get a free pass. The Commission on the Status of Women itself includes some of the worst violators of human rights, as Iran and Sudan,” Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said, reports The Times of Israel.

Why the U.S. continues to waste its time and billions of taxpayer dollars on the U.N. remains a mystery.  

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