Amb. Power: Pro-Hezbollah Swiss Official “Unfit for Continued Service” at U.N.
Switzerland has nominated to the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a candidate who is a vocal defender of Hezbollah, of Holocaust deniers, and of the Gaddafi regime. Tweeting about Jean Ziegler’s nomination, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power did not mince words:
Ziegler’s background is more than a little checkered:
Ziegler’s pro-Hezbollah position, his defense of the late French Holocaust-denier and Islamist Roger Garaudy and his role as co-founder of a human rights prize set up by the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi unleased sharp criticism last week from UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO monitoring the UN Human Rights Council.Ziegler generated controversy in 2006 by telling an interviewer that he “refuse[d] to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist group.” The European Union later unanimously blacklisted Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist group.The UNHRC has come under repeated and consistent criticism as one that allows illiberal regimes and their supporters to target the Jewish state.
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