The U.N. Human Rights Council has appointed pro-Palestinian Indonesian diplomat Makarim Wibisono as its special investigator into Israeli actions in Yehudah and Shomron.
Wibisono replaces Richard Falk, who was often criticized for his anti-Israel bias. The decision to install Wibisono was made unilaterally by UNHRC President Ndong Ella at the request of the United Nation’s Arab Group in Geneva. Ella picked Wibisono over three vetted candidates put forward by a UNHRC consultative group made up of five member states.
Wibisono is from a country that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. He served as the president of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in its last year of operation in 2005 — a body that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said “cast a shadow on the reputation of the United Nations system as a whole.”