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    BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
    October 25, 2012 12:56 pm

    The Washington Free Beacon has obtained a report soon to be released by the United Nations that calls for an international campaign of legal attacks and economic warfare on a group of American companies that do business in Israel, including Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar Inc., and Motorola Solutions Inc.

    The Human Rights Council (HRC), a body dominated by Islamic countries and known for its hostility to, and heavy focus on, the Jewish State, issued the report. The George W. Bush administration refused to participate in the HRC, but President Barack Obama joined it soon after taking office. Members of the HRC include infamous human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, China, and Cuba.

    The Obama-approved body maintains a “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories [sic].” The current rapporteur is American college professor Richard Falk, a 9/11 “truther” who once posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on his personal blog.

    In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman blasted the report and the HRC’s special rapporteur: “We believe you should have prevented the Secretariat from being a party to Mr. Falk’s anti-Israel agenda. Mr. Falk’s entire tenure as Special Rapporteur has served to undermine the credibility of the institution of the United Nations.”

    The report attempts to instigate a campaign of boycott, divestment, sanctions, and legal action against a litany of international companies doing business in Israel. In addition to American companies, the U.N. targets include major European firms such as Veolia Environnement, Group 4 Security, the Dexia Group, the Volvo Group.

    “The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable,” the report warns, “including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses.”

    The report warns American employees of targeted companies that they face legal risks.

    “Employees of companies can face investigation and prosecution for human rights violations committed irrespective of where the violation was committed.”

    In addition to legal action against American employees of targeted companies, the Special Rapporteur “concludes that all companies that operate in or otherwise have dealings with Israeli settlements should be boycotted.” The companies should ”be prepared to accept any consequences—reputation, financial, or legal—of continuing operations.”

    Should the companies continue doing business in Israel, the Human Rights Council “calls on civil society to actively pursue legal and political redress against non-complying business” and “to vigorously pursue initiatives to boycott, divest and sanction the businesses highlighted in this report” and “calls on the international community to consider requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice” to punish the businesses.

    When the Obama administration joined the Human Rights Council in 2009, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice pledged, “Working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.”

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    Fuck the UN, it really has outlived its need to exist, if it ever had one.
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    Fuck the UN, it really has outlived its need to exist, if it ever had one.
    I'm not really certain why we waste anytime with the UN. This is the same organization that spends time criticizing Canada for funding Catholic schools. If that's a "problem" that the UN needs to spend time with then maybe we don't need it at all

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    That boycott would affect more than the companies listed, 2 of them are customers of mine.
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    UN=United Corrupt Nitwits.
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    Islamic countries known for Human Rights?
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    No shit.

    Those countries think female circumcision and honor killings are wonderful ideas.

    A camel has more rights in Saudi Arabia than a woman does.
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    This article engages in some pretty dumb rhetoric. This body is not "Obama approved" - his administration decided it was better to engage those countries, bring contradiction to their views, rather than stay out. That's the whole principle of the UN, debate there, exchange opposing views, rather than go to war. There hasn't been any world war since its creation and it has done a lot to prevent regional conflicts in various parts of the world. It's not perfect because we, humans, are not perfect.
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    I don't think the UN has anything to do with the lack of world wars.

    The fact that Khrushev blinked among a host of other near misses to nuclear war has zero to do with the UN.

    I don't know if it always has been, but to me, the UN has become almost its own country with its own agenda.

    I think Obama speaking with them is fine, I would have dialogue with anyone willing in to talk in diplomacy, I just find the term "Human Rights Council" a fucking joke when it contains those countries. It would be akin to China being the leader in the "Fair Pay Council".
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