Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns United Nations Human Rights Council for its hypocrisy, while commending Canada for its fairness

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
"has again proved itself hypocritical."
    That's the view of Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs for
Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.
    "We find it incomprehensible that in today's world, the UNHRC would pass
a measure institutionalizing the annual 'condemnation' of Israel. With
countless people being buried daily because of the fighting in Gaza, Darfur,
Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and elsewhere, one would have thought that those
crises would take precedence in the minds of officials who are supposed to be
preoccupied with such matters.
    "The saving grace and the shining beacon in all this darkness, is
Canada's strong denunciation of such hypocrisy," said Adler.
    "This UNHRC failure to respond to the pressing international problems of
the world in favour of, yet again, focusing on Israel and the 'occupation'
conflict is a matter that defies common sense. Today, devastation of enormous
proportion is occurring to the people of Gaza - a place that is no longer
occupied by Israel, yet even this internecine warfare is being blamed on
Israel. Similar murders are taking place in other countries far from Israel
and away from Israeli armed forces, yet are being ignored," he added.

    About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

    Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian
human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding
through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. With
over 25,000 members of all faiths around the world, it confronts important
contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide.
Friends is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal
Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international
agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of
Europe, with offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, and
Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving
the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking
justice for the war criminals.


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