No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission

….. for 2018-2022 Term

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N.’s election of Saudi Arabia, “the world’s most misogynistic regime,” to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “It’s absurd.”

“Every Saudi woman,” said Neuer, “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”

“I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,” tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.

Yet the fundamentalist monarchy is now one of 45 countries that, according to the U.N., will play an instrumental role in “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.”

Saudi Arabia was elected by a secret ballot last week of the U.N.’s 54-nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Usually ECOSOC rubber-stamps nominations arranged behind closed doors by regional groups, however this time the U.S. forced an election, to China’s chagrin.

Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief. 

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No Joke: U.N. Elects Saudi Arabia to Women’s Rights Commission, For 2018-2022 Term – UN Watch

The U.N. has elected Saudi Arabia, the world’s most misogynistic regime, to a 2018-2022 term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N. agency “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of…

At least 5 EU states voted FOR the Saudis.

@HillelNeuer @UN_CSW @UNECOSOC I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘saudi’ and this feels like betrayal.

Saudi Arabia was also recently re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council where it enjoys the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide, including:

The latest ECOSOC vote is reported in a U.N. press release:

Commission on the Status of Women:The Council elected by secret ballot 13 members to four-year terms, beginning at the first meeting of the Commission’s sixty-third session in 2018 and expiring at the close of the sixty-sixth session in 2022:  Algeria, Comoros, Congo, Ghana and Kenya (African States); Iraq, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific States); and Ecuador, Haiti and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States).

The only good news: thanks to the U.S. calling a vote — breaking with the Obama Administration policy which in 2014 allowed Iran to be elected by acclamation — Saudi Arabia was not elected by acclamation, but instead received the least votes of any other country: 47 out of 54 votes cast, even though there was no competition given that there was an equal amount of competitors for available seats.

Here were the results of the elections, with all 54 ECOSOC members voting:

African States
Algeria: 54
Comoros: 53
Congo: 53
Ghana: 53
Kenya: 53

Asian & Pacific States
Iraq: 54
Japan: 53
Republic of Korea: 54
Saudi Arabia: 47
Turkmenistan: 53

Latin American States
Ecuador: 54
Haiti: 54
Nicaragua: 52


It was a secret ballot, but the math tells us that at least 15 of these member states of the U.N. Economic and Social Council voted to elect Saudi Arabia to the U.N.’s women’s rights commission:

  • Argentina?
  • Australia?
  • Belgium?
  • Brazil?
  • Chile?
  • Czech Republic?
  • Estonia?
  • Finland?
  • France?
  • Germany?
  • Greece?
  • India?
  • Ireland?
  • Italy?
  • Japan?
  • Portugal?
  • South Korea?
  • South Africa?
  • Sweden?
  • United Kingdom?
  • United States?


The United Nations Defends Saudi Arabian Head of Human Rights Panel, with Good Reason

Earlier this week, media outlets began reporting that Faisal bin Hassan Trad, a representative from Saudi Arabia (of all places), had been appointed to a major leadership position for the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.

I repeat: Someone from a country known for its human rights abuses would now head up a panel for the Human Rights Council.

Faisal bin Hassan Trad (left) and Michael Møller, the Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office (Pierre Albouy/Flickr)

The panel Trad would head up has a lot of power when it comes to choosing human rights appointees anywhere in the world where the UN has a mandate.

The outrage was quick and harsh. You can understand why. After all, we’re talking about a nation that has killed more than 100 people this year alone, most by beheading. Ali Mohammed al-Nimr is also set to be beheaded and crucified very soon.

The wife of Raif Badawi, who is currently awaiting his 1,000-lashes punishment for insulting Islam, even said that the appointment was “a green light to start flogging [him] again.”

But in the past couple of days, we’ve received more information on what the United Nations was thinking. First of all, the appointment was made back in June; it only caught the media’s eye this week. More importantly, the panel that Trad now heads up has five people and he has as much power as any of them. It’s not like he could single-handedly damage human rights around the world.

My friend Michael De Dora, who works for the Center for Inquiry and is their representative to the UN, explained to me that this group doesn’t have as much power as people think. They mostly look at applicants for independent experts in various areas, rank their top three with justification, and give their recommendations to the President of the HRC, who accepts or rejects the recommendation. The HRC then votes on the nominee.

If that’s confusing, De Dora looked at what this panel has done since being headed up by a Saudi and saw no reason to be worried:

I have looked through the nominated independent experts and see no evidence that they are weaker on human rights due to Saudi involvement in the Consultative Group. In fact, one of the most recent recommendations by the group, for the position of Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, is the US-based academic Karima Bennoune. Take a look at her bio, or her most recent book, or her articles on Open Democracy, or this piece in the Guardian; she’s a fantastic nominee for the position.

Tonight, in a rare move, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement clarifying all the misinformation that’s out there:

Over the past few days, a highly distorted narrative has been spreading on the role of Saudi Arabia in the Consultative Group.

Clearly, it is patently untrue to suggest that any one ambassador has the authority to decide upon a candidate unilaterally. The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia was nominated by the Asian Group to serve on the Consultative Group from 1 January to 31 December this year, and assumed the chair on a rotating basis during part of this year. The chairmanship does not entail any powers over and above the four other members, who this year come from Lithuania, Greece, Chile and Algeria. The composition of this year’s Consultative Group was made public at the beginning of this year and the Group has already submitted all of its three reports for 2015. It is not expected to meet again until next year.

The appointment of mandate-holders is conducted in a transparent manner following well-established rules and procedures taking into account views from various actors including those from States and civil society. Any candidate not happy with the way the process was conducted may appeal to the President of the Human Rights Council.

In short, there’s nothing to be concerned about. Even if Trad represented everything we despise about Saudi Arabia, he’s has no ability to push those views on anyone else. What he does is transparent and his opinions could easily be overridden by other members of his panel.

It’s still disturbing that Saudi Arabia and the United Nations appear together in any context, but at least in this situation, there’s nothing to worry about.

(Image via UN Geneva on Flickr)

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Best Friends Forever (Zionism/the Rothschilds Created Both States)

Israel and Saudi Arabia have a snug and cozy relationship. They are, indeed, BFF or best friends forever as a typical Western teenage girl might label them.

by Makia Freeman

At first glance, it admittedly seems extremely odd that the Zionist regime of Israel, holding such an antagonistic presence towards Arabs in the Middle East, would be friends with arguably the most powerful Muslim nation in the region (alongside Iran). However, that is precisely what makes their allegiance so dangerous and nefarious.

If you don’t look closely, you would never expect it. The truth is that these 2 nations have the same geopolitical aims and allies – which bodes ill for Palestine, Syria, Iraq and other “lesser” countries standing in their way.

Israel and Saudi Arabia are the best of friends despite what you may think. Their strange geopolitical relationship does not bode well for the nations around them, and could be at the heart of a possible WW3.

They have a number of common enemies, such as Iran, Shi’a Islam, Hamas, Hezbollah, pan-Arab nationalism and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Understanding the depth and nature of the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia sheds a clear light on what is happening in the Middle East, the geopolitics of the US-UK-Zionist axis, and the New World Order push towards World War 3.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Brief History of a Love Affair

To understand the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, you first need to know how Saudi Arabia become a country.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as it is formally called remains the only nation on the entire Earth to be named after and ruled by a single family (although in this there are already similarities with Israel, which is basically Rothschild-ville).

As this writer points out in his article How Zionism helped create the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the British helped form the kingdom during the 1920s:

“The defeat of the Ottoman Empire by British imperialism in World War One, left three distinct authorities in the Arabian peninsula: Sharif of Hijaz: Hussain bin Ali of Hijaz (in the west), Ibn Rashid of Ha’il (in the north) and Emir Ibn Saud of Najd (in the east) and his religiously fanatical followers, the Wahhabis.”

Of these 3, Britain got the most help during WW1 from the Sharif of Hussain, who led the Arab Revolt against the Turks and helped the British defeat them.

After the war, Hussain was hoping the British would keep their word (as he saw it) and agree to the establishment of a single Arabian country from Gaza to the Persian Gulf.

However Britain, as it has done many times in the past, did not keep its promises. Instead, along with France, it drew up the Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916 (which I covered in my article Foreign Meddling in Syria: Decades Longer Than You Thought…) and issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917 (which mandated the establishment of Jewish Zionist state in Palestine at the prompting of the Rothschilds).

The Sharif was not happy and told the British that he would never:

“… sell out Palestine to the Empire’s Balfour Declaration; he [would] never acquiesce to the establishment of Zionism in Palestine or accept the new random borders drawn across Arabia by British and French imperialists.”

Peter O’Toole as Lawrence of Arabia

Enter Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia

At this point T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was dispatched to bribe and buy Hussain. When this didn’t work, he turned to threats, which were also echoed by Winston Churchill, who was then Colonial Secretary.

Both men threatened to unleash Ibn Saud and his Wahhabis (who they were arming and funding), which they did first against Ibn Rashid of Ha’il:

“Finally, in September 1921, the British unleashed Ibn Saud on Ha’il which officially surrendered in November 1921. It was after this victory the British bestowed a new title on Ibn Saud. He was no longer to be ‘Emir of Najd and Chief of its Tribes’ but ‘Sultan of Najd and its Dependencies.’ Ha’il had dissolved into a dependency of the Empire’s Sultan of Najd.”

By March 1924, the British realized that Hussain would not back down and accept a Zionist state in Palestine, so they unleashed Ibn Saud and his armies on Hijazi territory:

“Within weeks the forces of Ibn Saud and his Wahhabi followers began to administer what the British foreign secretary, Lord Curzon called the “final kick” to Sharif Hussain and attacked Hijazi territory.

“By September 1924, Ibn Saud had overrun the summer capital of Sharif Hussain, Ta’if … In Ta’if, Ibn Saud’s Wahhabis committed their customary massacres, slaughtering women and children as well as going into mosques and killing traditional Islamic scholars.[18]

“They captured the holiest place in Islam, Mecca, in mid-October 1924. Sharif Hussain was forced to abdicate and went to exile to the Hijazi port of Akaba.”

After losing Mecca, Hussain had to flee and lose his entire territory to Ibn Saud, ancestor of the current Saudi lineage:

“Sharif Hussain was forced out of Akaba, a port he had liberated from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt… Ibn Saud had begun his siege of Jeddah in January 1925 and the city finally surrendered in December 1925 bringing to an end over 1000 years of rule by the Prophet Muhammad’s descendants.

“The British officially recognized Ibn Saud as the new King of Hijaz in February 1926 with other European powers following suit within weeks. The new unified Wahhabi state was rebranded by the Empire in 1932 as the ‘Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’ (KSA).”

As you can see, right from the start, the man who opposed a Zionist state in Palestine as a matter of principle was kicked out, and the man who was willing to let it happen was paid off handsomely and given an entire new country to rule.

The Saudis were shaped by Zionism even before the actual creation of Israel as a nation on May 14th, 1948!

Does the House of Saud have Zionist roots?

Zionist Roots at the House of Saud?

There are also various claims around that the Saudi family itself may be Jewish, although, to be fair, these claims are hard to substantiate.

There is the research of Mohammad Sakher who recounts the story about how a Jewish man disguised himself as an Arab and seeded the Saudi lineage. Sakher was apparently the subject of a Saudi contract murder hit for exposing the Zionist-Saudi roots.

He includes a quote he states is from then King Faisal Al-Saud on September 17th, 1969 in the Washington Post:

“WE, THE SAUDI FAMILY, are cousins of the Jews: we entirely disagree with any Arab or Muslem Authority which shows any antagonism to the Jews; but we must live together with them in peace. Our country (ARABIA) is the Fountain head from where the first Jew sprang, and his descendants spread out all over the world.”

There is other evidence that Muhammad bin Saud (founder of modern day the Saudi lineage) and Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab (the founder of the strict Wahhabism sect of Islam) may have been Jewish.

This DIA (US Defense Intelligence Agency) document from September 24th, 2002, entitled “The Birth of Al-Wahabi Movement And it’s Historic Roots”, states:

“The original Arabic sheikhs of Najd as well as the scientific resources, confirm that Muhammad bin ‘Abd-al-Wahab is from a Jewish family from “AI-Dawnamah” in Turkey. The Dawnamah here refers to those Jews who have declared their Islam for the purpose of harming Islam and save themselves from the chase by the Ottoman Sultans.”

Reporter Wayne Madsen comments on this report:

“Much of the information is gleaned from the memoirs of a ‘Mr. Humfer,’ (as spelled in the DIA report, ‘Mr. Hempher’ as spelled the historical record) a British spy who used the name ‘Mohammad,’ claimed to be an Azeri who spoke Turkish, Persian, and Arabic and who made contact with Wahhab in the mid-18th century with a view of creating a sect of Islam that would eventually bring about an Arab revolt against the Ottomans and pave the way for the introduction of a Jewish state in Palestine.”

Israel and Saudi Arabia are the same on Palestine

Madsen also refers to a book called The Dönmeh Jews by D. Mustafa Turan, who claims that Wahhab’s grandfather, Tjen Sulayman, was actually Tjen Shulman, a member of the Jewish community of Basra, Iraq.

The 9/11 Saudi-Israeli Connection

So much for the history of Israel and Saudi Arabia. Fast forward to today, and it is easy to spot the interconnection of the Zionist regime and the corrupt, human-rights abusing Kingdom. The redacted and classified 28 pages of the 9/11 report has been in the news a lot recently.

People still care about 9/11 and want to know the truth, which is still being massively covered up 15 years later. Israel and Saudi Arabia are both fundamentally connected to the 9/11 false flag terror attack.

Israel’s fingerprints are all over the attack (you can see a sampling of the evidence in my article 9/11 was an Inside and Outside Job: Remembering the Israel 9/11 Role), while Saudi Arabia is also deeply implicated – for starters, 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

For a deeper analysis of the role of Israel and Saudi Arabia in 9/11, see Wayne Madsen’s 2014 book The Star and the Sword, where he shows Saudi and Israeli complicity in 9/11.

In case you’re wondering why the NWO manipulators want to keep the lid on tight about the Saudi’s involvement, consider this: Saudi Arabia already threatened that if the US made the 28 pages public, they would sell off $750 billion of US Treasury debt!

If the US exposed the Saudi role in 9/11, that would necessarily also include evidence implicating Israel.

Besides, if the Saudis were threatened with exposure, they have another ace up their sleeve: they could also react by exposing their co-conspirators, Israel and the US.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Same Attitude Towards Palestine

You would think that Saudi Arabia might differ widely and wildly from Israel on the subject of Palestine, but you would be wrong.

The corrupt leaders of the Saudi Kingdom don’t care about Palestine or the Palestinians. Israeli-Saudi ties run deeper than any other ties the Saudis appear to have with other Arabs (that is, assuming they are Arabs and not Jews themselves).

As this article Saudi Arabia, Zionism, Peace and the Palestinian Cause states:

“Today, the mission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to strengthen Zionism continues, this being accomplished by undermining popular regional and national resistance movements, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, in order to destroy their confidence and their willingness to resist Israel’s Zionist projects.”

“… when the 1948 Arab-Israeli War ended, the kingdom withheld financial support from the Egyptian and Jordanian forces still occupying parts of Palestine, and it made every effort to prevent Syria from uniting with Iraq to create a military counterweight to Israel.

“The kingdom also refused to contemplate the possible use of oil to pressure the US into a more even-handed Palestinian policy.”

“Saudi efforts to destroy the Palestinian cause even entailed military plans. Accordingly, in 2009 when the Gaza attack occurred, Saudi Arabia was in support of Israel, and repeatedly met the chief of Mossad to plan an attack on Iran, the main supporter of Hamas, the most influential anti-Israeli movement in the occupied land.

“Similarly, during the conflict along the Israel- Lebanon border in 2006, the Saudis allegedly contacted the Israelis, the top-selling Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot reporting that Israel and Saudi Arabia had been conducting secret negotiations.”

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia are also aligned against Syria:

“… what now concerns the Saudis is the threat that Syrian nationalism can cause to the existence of the royal family and its Wahhabi mission within Billad el-Cham (Syria).

“Similarly, what worries Israel and the West is the threat that nationalism can cause to the existence of the State of Israel.”

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Trading Together, Fighting Alongside Each Other

Israel and Saudi Arabia regularly help each other, fund each other and trade with each other. They just do it subtly or secretly.

For instance, in 2015 Saudi King Salman helped finance the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (we know this thanks to the Panama Papers leak).

Saudi Arabia buys drones from Israel, but does it through the conduit state of South Africa to try to hide the transaction.

AntiMedia recently reported that Israel and Saudi Arabia cooperate in military efforts, and that some of the islands in recent Red Sea deal (between Saudi Arabia and Egypt) are being used by both nations for joint military training.

Conclusion: Israel and Saudi Arabia – Different Names, Same Aims

Israel and Saudi Arabia have been closely connected even before they both became official nations in 1948 and 1932 respectively.

They both form part of the US-UK-Zionist axis (either as a full-fledged member or a very close ally) which has aligned itself with Sunni Islam, the Gulf States, Turkey, France and Germany on one side, in opposition to Shia Islam, Syria, Iraq, Iran, China and Russia (see Syrian Ground War About to Begin? WW3 Inches Closer).

Both Israel and Saudi Arabia were up-to-the-shoulders-deep in orchestrating and executing the 9/11 false flag attack. The 2 countries regularly trade together, fund each other, and militarily train together.

It is vital to understand their strategic relationship if we are to make any sense of the chaos and geopolitics in the Middle East, as well as trying to stop WW3 from breaking out.

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