The UN produced a list of 38 shameful countries who oppress human rights activists.  Israel is on the list for not renewing the visa of a BDS activist but not Bangladesh, a country that imprisons and even allows the murder of human rights activists. 

Within the past month, the United Nations listed Israel as one of the 38 “shameful” countries who oppress human rights activists.  The UN added Israel to this list because the Jewish state refused to renew the visa of Human Rights Watch representative Omar Shakir, who supports the BDS Movement.  India, a democratic country in the midst of a war against terror, is also on the list.  Hungary, Japan and Mexico, which are also democratic countries, are also on the list.

Other countries on the list include Algeria, Bahrain, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Columbia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.  However, Bangladesh is not on the list.   This is the height of hypocrisy.

In Bangladesh, human rights activist Aslam Chowdhury remains in jail.  He has been an outspoken advocate speaking out in favor of human rights for the Hindu, Christian and Buddhist minorities within the country.  In recent years, the Hindu community in Bangladesh and other minorities are being slowly ethnically cleansed from the country, as Hindus are being raped, murdered, abducted, and tortured on a daily basis.  And the abuses against the Hindu minority continue unabated, without the respectable members of the international community doing anything about it.

The suffering of the Bangladeshi Hindu minority is heart-breaking.  A Durga Pratima statue and a Magdhabswari idol was recently vandalized.  Six members of a Hindu family not too long ago were assaulted.  A Hindu girl named Poli Rani Das was abducted.  The body of a Hindu widow was found gang-raped and decapitated.  Six Hindu homes were burned to the ground. But nobody in the international community cares because the Hindus of Bangladesh lack rich natural resources, are not white and are not Christian.

However, one Muslim human rights activist, Aslam Chowdhury, does care about their fate.  He met with Israeli Druze diplomat Mendi Safadi so that they can have an advocate in the international community that can work to enhance their human rights.  Indeed, Chowdhury has been outspoken against all of these human rights abuses and yet, he is presently being held according to the false charge that he is working with the Israeli Mossad in order to topple the Bangladeshi government due to one meeting only he had with Safadi, which is a false charge that was fabricated in order to stop his human rights activism.  Sadly, the UN is completely silent about this.

Unfortunately, Chowdhury is not the only victim in Bangladesh.  In fact, other human rights activists in Bangladesh have faced a worse fate.  Hindu chairman Biswat Halder Nadu of Jolla Union was shot dead not too long ago due to his activism on behalf of the Hindu community. Four to five bullets were shot towards his head merely because he defended the rights of the Hindu community and no one speaks about his plight outside of Hindu circles.

This is outrageous.  The BDS Movement denies the right of Israel, a democratic country, to exist merely because there is a conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian people over a plot of land.  But they are silent on other land conflicts across the globe.  They do not call for a boycott of Armenia due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  They do not call for a boycott of Morocco over the West Sahara conflict.  They do not call for a boycott of Iran due to the way they mistreat the Kurds, Baloch and Ahwaz Arabs, who all seek to break away from Iran and to form their own countries.  But they do call for a boycott of Israel just because Israel is a majority Jewish country and these other nations involved in land conflicts are not.

This implies that the BDS Movement holds a Nazi-like ideology, which seeks to put an end to all cooperation between Jews and Arabs and other nations across the globe merely because they possess a strong hatred of the Jewish people.  Just as the Nazis called for the boycott of Jewish businesses, the BDS Movement calls for the boycott of the Jewish state.   And because Israel took a stance defending herself against the BDS Movement by not renewing the visa of a certain BDS activist, she is considered by the UN to be a “shameful” country that mistreats human rights defenders while a country like Bangladesh that imprisons a human rights activist and creates a hostile atmosphere that leads to the murder of another is left off the list.  This makes the UN into an enabler of this Nazi-like ideology embodied in the BDS Movement as well as the deafly silence that permits the continuation of the abuse of human rights in countries like Bangladesh and it is time for this UN hypocrisy to come to an end!



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Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Center for Human Rights in Middle East (under formation) and is a political analyst at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, which is run by Mendi Safadi, Israeli Communication Minister Ayoob Kara's former chief of staff. In addition, she is a counter-terror analyst at the Islamic Theology on Counter-Terrorism, a think tank run by British Pakistani dissident Noor Dahri. For over 6 years, she is a Middle East based journalist, covering radical Islam, terrorism, human rights abuses in the Muslim world, minority rights abuses in the Muslim world, women's rights issues in the Muslim world, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jewish Diaspora, anti-Semitism, international affairs and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground breaking book that was endorsed by former Israel Consul General Dr. Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara.