UN Watch is a non-governmental organization. Its mission is “to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter”.1 UN Watch is frequently critical of what it views as antisemitic (as in anti-Israel) sentiment at the UN and UN-sponsored events.2 The UN Watch has been described as a member of the pro-Israel lobby that tries to combat anti-Israel discourse in the UN; and in a very politicized and selective way.
UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer has said that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has betrayed the dreams of its founders and become “a nightmare”. Neuer has charged that the Council ignores human rights abuses worldwide, opting instead to enact “one resolution after another condemning one single state: Israel”. He further argues that the Council’s stated concern for Palestinian human rights is deceptive, and provided examples where it ignored atrocities against Palestinians “because Israel could not be blamed…”.
Neuer’s accusations happen as Israel has beyond an undeniable role in the plight of Palestinians. Serving as an example, Neuer slammed an emergency meeting held by the UN Security Council calling out Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian protesters during weekly Palestinian “Right to Return” protests in March.
Some 220 Palestinians eventually died in the protests due to what has been reported to be mostly direct Israeli fire. A UN fact-finding commission claims more than 6,000 Palestinians were injured with “life-changing” wounds by Israeli snipers during the Palestinian protests.