Sunday, March 4, 2012

U.N. Panel on Women Slams Israel — Not Syria


The ongoing conflict in Syria has left thousands dead, including hundreds of women, but a United Nations body dedicated to women’s issues has attacked only one country in this year’s agenda — Syria’s neighbor Israel.

The Jewish state is the target of the only resolution dealing with a specific country under consideration during the Feb. 27 to March 9 session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

The resolution calls Israel’s occupation of disputed territory “the major obstacle for Palestinian women with regard to their advancement, self-reliance and integration in the development of their society.”

It cites “the systematic violation of their human rights resulting from the severe impact of ongoing illegal Israeli practices.”

No resolution on Syria has been issued, even though a U.N.-backed independent commission of inquiry has reported on what it called “widespread and systematic violations” by Syrian security forces, including sexual violence, rape, and torture, according to CNS News.

At last year’s CSW session, held while the conflict in Libya was raging, the only nation attacked in a resolution was — yes, Israel.

The resolution, entitled “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” was adopted by a vote of 26 to 2, with Israel and the United States opposing and eight countries abstaining.

Iran used its seat on the CSW last year to call the plight of Palestinian women “one of the greatest tragedies of history.”

The World Economic Forum’s 2011 “Global Gender Gap,” which assesses how well countries have closed gaps between women and men in economic participation, opportunity, and other areas, placed Israel at No. 55 among the 135 nations on the list, with the United States at No. 17.

Syria was No. 124, one place ahead of Iran at No. 125.


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