Hadassah Responds to UN Commission of Inquiry’s Biased June 12 Reports

Friday, June 14, 2024

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Lilly Freemyer


NEW YORK, NY – In response to the June 12, 2024, reports released by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI), Carol Ann Schwartz, National President, Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, made the following statement:

"Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is outraged by the June 12 reports by the biased UN Commission of Inquiry that ignore the overwhelming evidence and fail to hold Hamas responsible for its crimes against humanity, including the clear and systematic weaponization of sexual violence on October 7 and beyond.

"The COI's recent reports show the same bias and distortion as its previous ones, including blaming Israel for both Hamas' October 7 attack and its response in self-defense. The COI's dangerous efforts to downplay and justify Hamas' terrorism and disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians pave the way for violent extremists across the globe to rape and murder civilians with impunity.

"Hadassah has repeatedly called on the UN to disband the unprecedented, unending COI targeting Israel and comprising clearly biased commissioners who have repeatedly made antisemitic statements and excused Hamas' terrorism, in clear violation of UN standards of impartiality.

“We continue to call on Secretary General Guterres to condemn Hamas for its weaponization of sexual violence against Israeli women and girls on and since October 7 and to call these crimes what they are: crimes against humanity.”

About Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America:

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, donors and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change on such critical issues as ensuring Israel’s security, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health care. Through its Jerusalem-based hospital system, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah helps support exemplary care for more than 1 million people every year as well as world-renowned medical research. Hadassah’s hospitals serve without regard to race, religion or nationality and in 2005 earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for building bridges to peace through medicine. Hadassah also supports two youth villages that set at-risk youth in Israel on the path to a successful future. Visit www.hadassah.org or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Threads and X.