On Monday, Mosab Hassan Yousef, whose father was a founding member of Hamas, addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council as the council discussed alleged Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, all too typical, as the council will not discuss human rights violations committed by countries such as Syria, Sudan, Iran, or North Korea.
Yousef, speaking on behalf of UN Watch, minced no words in placing blame. He stated:
My name is Mosab Hassan Yousef. I grew up in Ramallah as a member of Hamas.
I address my words to the Palestinian Authority, which claims to be the “sole legitimate representative” of the Palestinian people.
I ask: where does your legitimacy come from?
The Palestinian people did not elect you, and they did not appoint you to represent them.
You are self-appointed.
Your accountability is not to your own people. This is evidenced by your total violation of their human rights.
In fact, the Palestinian individual and their human development is the least of your concerns.
You kidnap Palestinian students from campus and torture them in your jails. You torture your political rivals. The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests. You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people.
If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame. Take responsibility for the outcome of your own actions.
UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer pointed out:
For good reason, Western democracies once again boycotted today’s debate. In the dystopian universe of George Orwell’s 1984, everyone was forced to undergo a daily ‘Two Minute of Hate’. In the dystopian universe of the UN Human Rights Council — where Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Cuba and Venezuela are members — the built-in schedule of every session includes one day dedicated solely to spewing hate against the Jewish state.
For a look at the gripping story of the risks that Yousef has taken in telling the truth, see the film The Green Prince.