By Itamar Eichner, YnetNews.com
Out of nine official documents produced from the UN’s annual Commission on the Status of Women report, only one of the UN’s 193 members were mentioned in regards to ongoing infringement of women’s rights – Israel – in what Jerusalem says in another case of UN bias.
The document, titled the “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women”, slams Israel for the ongoing occupation of the West Bank, a situation which it says has led to “(h)igh levels of unemployment and poverty” among Palestinians, especially women.
It was the only report that focused on any specific country, and seemed to focus largely on the Palestinian issue, occasionally tying it in with gender-related issues, for example unemployment, which was the main complaint sounded by the report.
It is worth noting that according to a 2014 World Economic Forum report, Israel ranked 57th out 137 for female political empowerment; the US ranked 54th and Saudi Arabia ranked 117th. Some 27 of Israel’s 120 Knesset members are women.
Israel slammed the report, with the foreign ministry saying that it was “fighting the decision which was yet another testimony to the hypocrisy of UN members.”
“I am proud to say that when it comes to women’s rights, Israel is leading by example. We understand that empowered women are the foundation of thriving societies,” Israeli envoy Ron Prosor told the council days before.
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