Anne Bayefsky


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Anne Bayefsky is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Follow her @AnneBayefsky.

Most Recent Articles by Anne Bayefsky:

Germany’s dangerous stand against US, Israel must be stopped

May 2, 2017 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky and Benjamin Weinthal originally appeared on Fox News.

Israel and the Trump administration have a German problem, ironically manifesting itself on Israel’s 69th birthday.  Just as President Trump’s emissaries and his UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are rightly insisting that Israel-bashing at the UN cease, Germany is moving in the opposite direction.

On May 2, 2017, in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is scheduled to adopt one more resolution singling out the Jewish state for criticism and attempting to deny Israeli sovereignty over its capital, Jerusalem. The Palestinians want Germany’s vote and are playing the old UN game of floating a terrible resolution and modifying it to just plain awful to win European support.  That Germany is playing this game is a repudiation of everything the United States is trying to accomplish – not to mention the allegedly special relationship between Germany and Israel.

Say what?! UN Human Rights Council declares Israel world’s No. 1 human rights violator

Mar 25, 2017 — Anne Bayefsky

This article originally appeared on Fox News.

According to the U.N.‘s top human rights body, Israel is the worst human rights violator in the world today. That’s the result of the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council which wrapped up in Geneva on Friday by adopting five times more resolutions condemning Israel than any other country on earth.

President Trump’s administration is currently a member of this reprehensible body. To borrow Elie Wiesel’s counsel to President Reagan not to pay his respects at a German graveyard containing Nazi SS remains: “That place, Mr. President, is not your place.”

U.N. Human Rights Council Quicksand: Get Out or Drown

Feb 27, 2017 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on National Review.

The U.N. “Human Rights” Council starts its main annual session on Monday in Geneva with elected members and human-rights aficionados such as Saudi Arabia, China, and Qatar settling into their seats. The question hanging over the head of President Trump is whether his administration will take its place beside these other states and legitimize the most anti-Israel, twisted bastion of moral relativism in the U.N. system.

Barack Obama deliberately designed a quicksand trap before leaving office. He put the U.S. forward for Human Rights Council membership in a U.N. election that occurred just ten days before the American presidential election. Attempting to rule from the grave, Obama knew full well that the U.S. would be occupying a three-year spot that officially commenced on January 1, 2017. The Bush administration had refused to join the Council, or to pay for it, when the Council was first created as a faux renovation of the discredited U.N. Human Rights Commission back in 2006. Joining the Council was one of Obama’s very first foreign-policy moves in 2009.

The French-Obama-Arab-UN Attack in the Offing

Jan 9, 2017 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Breitbart News

President Obama has gone rogue and only one man can protect American democracy in the next few days: the President-elect.

On January 15, 2017, with only five days left after 2,917 days in office, President Barack Obama is planning once again to feed Israel to the international wolves. The move is intended to tie the hands of President Donald Trump and is a direct repudiation of the will of the American electorate who rejected Obama’s calamitous foreign policy and a repeat performance by his secretary of state.

Diplomatic terrorism at the UN, courtesy President Obama

Dec 25, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

The vicious condemnation of Israel at the UN Security Council on December 23, 2016 is a watershed moment in U.S.-UN relations – albeit not as President Obama hoped. Following the vote of fourteen in favor and one American abstention, Palestinian representative Riyadh Mansour and American Ambassador Samantha Power exchanged a telling handshake. Evidently, President Obama believes that he has put one over on Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the incoming Trump administration. But here’s another possibility: treachery at the UN will not be cost free.

Will A Lame Duck President Betray Israel at the UN Security Council?

Dec 22, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

Update: Egypt Delays Vote

The UN Security Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a scandalous and irreversible Palestinian-led resolution purporting to decide that Israeli settlements violate international law. All signs point to President Obama being a willing participant and refusing to exercise the American veto.

If adopted, the treacherous resolution will greenlight the boycott, divestment, sanctions “BDS” master plan to devastate the Israeli economy and fast-track the effort to send Israel’s Prime Minister to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes.

A Wake-up Call to American Businesses and Taxpayers

Dec 22, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Washington Examiner.

U.S. companies are in for a shock as President Obama takes aim once again at Israel in the final month of his presidency. In the coming days, he is expected to direct his team at the United Nations to vote for U.S. funding of “BDS,” the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign aimed at financially ruining Israel and smearing the companies with which it does business.

Trumpism for International Dummies: Obama Multilateralism was a Hot Mess

Nov 17, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

There is a cure for the hysteria gripping foreign capitals and diplomatic salons after a Trump win: soul-searching. For the explanation of why Americans demanded a fresh start can be found as much in the chambers of international diplomacy as it can in Washington corridors.

The United Nations provides a useful vantage point by which to understand the Trump phenomenon.

Obama’s Post-election Surprise: Stabbing Israel in the Back at the UN

Nov 12, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Washington Examiner.

It is time to talk about the post-election surprise: a bitter President Barack Obama stabs Israel in the back on his way out the door. There is a very real danger the president will dramatically change long-standing, bipartisan foreign policy by refusing to exercise the United States’ veto power at the United Nations Security Council on a devastating anti-Israel resolution.

For eight long years, Obama has used the U.N. as his personal playground, the place for doing an end run around Congress and the American electorate.

Terrorized New Yorkers Host Terror-Enabling Regimes at UN

Sep 20, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Breitbart News.
The leaders of terror-sponsoring states are currently descending on Manhattan for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly and their words are guaranteed to be blasted across the global airwaves. It is about time we made the connection between the terror-enablers in Turtle Bay and the terrorism in the streets beyond.

Monday brought new meaning to the phrase ‘upstairs, downstairs.’ Above ground, the limousines glided in and out of UN Headquarters – recently renovated with more than half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers alone. Below ground, millions of New York straphangers were held up in subway and train stations until police gave the all-clear.

All Jews out of Palestine is not a peace plan

Sep 14, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on Fox News.

The Obama administration is furious about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent objection to Palestinian plans for a state with “no Jews.” In a video posted on September 9, 2016, Netanyahu made the obvious comments that the Palestinian effort to purge all Jews from the West Bank amounts to “ethnic-cleansing” and “ethnic cleansing for peace is absurd.” The State Department responded by shooting the messenger, calling Netanyahu’s remarks “inappropriate and unhelpful.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas makes no secret about Palestinian intentions. As he boasted to the interim Egyptian President while on a visit to Cairo in July 2013: “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli—civilian or soldier—on our lands.”

Anti-Semitism, Brought to You by the United Nations

Sep 7, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on National Review
The United Nations was founded as a global pact among states, but over the decades in the name of transparency and to further the aim of globalization, it has opened its doors to more than 6,150 non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While governments wring their hands over incitement to terror and dangerous uses of social media, they ignore the alarming focal point within arms’ reach: the United Nations. An examination of U.N. NGOs reveals that the U.N. has handed a global megaphone to groups spreading hatred and inciting terror from the world stage. In short, the so-called representatives of “civil society” aren’t so civil after all.

In theory, the U.N. has processes for accreditation that share a common requirement: respect for the purposes and principles of the organization. In order to qualify for accreditation, NGOs must operate in conformity with, or promote, the U.N Charter. They must affirm “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.”

Elie Wiesel: The man who shouted for us all

Jul 8, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

Donald Trump was supposed to spend Friday morning mending fences with Marco Rubio before heading off to a rally in Miami. Then, we all witnessed last night’s horror in Dallas. At around 7 A.M., the following appeared on Trump’s official Twitter feed:

About an hour later, his campaign announced it was cancelling the day’s events and posted the following image:

UN marks 10 years of its anti-Israel “Human Rights” Council by foisting Ramadan rules on all partici

Jun 13, 2016 — Anne Bayefsky

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on New York Daily News.

Coinciding with Ramadan, the United Nation’s top human rights body — the Human Rights Council — has been celebrating its tenth anniversary in Geneva starting on Monday. Council members like human rights stalwarts Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, along with President Obama’s delegation, will be singing the Council’s praises — accompanied by a mandatory cacophony of rumbling bellies.

Here are four reasons that UN bosses & their government cohorts are celebrating — and human rights advocates and victims are not.