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Excerpt: "A United Nations rights expert issued a scathing report criticizing Israel's policies Monday, just a few days after the world body withdrew a report that accused Israel of 'apartheid' against Palestinians after U.S. and Israeli pressure."

Palestinian women argue with Israeli policemen during a protest at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, September 16, 2015. (photo: AFP)
Palestinian women argue with Israeli policemen during a protest at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, September 16, 2015. (photo: AFP)


US Furious Over Another Scathing UN Report on Israeli Abuses

By teleSUR

21 March 17

 

Just days after a U.N. report accusing Israel of apartheid was pulled because of U.S. pressure, another U.N. agency issued a new criticism.

United Nations rights expert issued a scathing report criticizing Israel's policies Monday, just a few days after the world body withdrew a report that accused Israel of “apartheid” against Palestinians after U.S. and Israeli pressure.

In the report, Michael Lynk, the U.N. special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, charged Israel with "the subjugation of humanity" in Palestine and intensifying a crackdown on human rights campaigners.

Lynk made the claims in a report presented to the U.N. human rights council during the Geneva-based body's mandated session on Israel, known as Agenda Item Seven. Israel is the only country targeted with a dedicated rights council agenda item.

He decried how Israel's "illegal settlement enterprise has moved at an alarming pace" since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency in January, calling the practice a "flagrant violation" of international law.

His report also pointed to how the illegal settlement building is accompanied by "high rates of demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem."

Israel and its supporters, notably in Washington, have repeatedly highlighted Agenda Item Seven as evidence of the council's credibility gap, arguing it cannot be effective while disproportionately targeting Israel.

The U.S. has taken those concerns to the next level, with its top diplomat Rex Tillerson publicly threatening to withdraw from the council over its "biased agenda item against Israel."

The U.S. and Israel boycotted Monday's session that saw a group of majority Muslim nations repeatedly denounce Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

Lynk's scathing findings were issued days after U.N. official Rima Khalaf resigned over another report in which she accused Israel of being an "apartheid state."

Khalaf, a Jordanian national, said she had resisted a request from U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to withdraw the report. She claimed that "powerful member states" had pressured the world body and its chief with "vicious attacks and threats."

The Trump administration had demanded that the report by U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia be withdrawn and threatened cuts in funding to the world body.

However, as part of its obligations under the Israeli agenda item, Guterres' office presented its latest findings to the council Monday.

"Chronic violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by all parties have persisted," the secretary-general's office said, condemning Israel over settlement expansion among other offenses.

Washington funds roughly a quarter of all U.N. activities but Trump's initial budget proposal foresees significant reductions.

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+16 # sharag 2017-03-21 22:39
Anyone with eyes can see that Israel commits atrocities, serious human rights violations and war crimes. Even their own soldiers admit to this. They're protected by the US...for now. But when they lose that support, and they will someday, the country, government and individuals responsible will have to answer for their crimes.
 
 
+12 # tm7devils39 2017-03-22 02:58
"Israel and its supporters, notably in Washington, have repeatedly highlighted Agenda Item Seven as evidence of the council's credibility gap, arguing it cannot be effective while disproportionat ely targeting Israel."...
The moral turpitude of those who sanction this statement is beyond the pale. IMO, they are not 'truly' human.
 
 
+15 # kath 2017-03-22 06:31
Israel is a rogue state, whether the U.S. pretends otherwise or not. It really is past time to concentrate on U.S. interests rather than Israel's. Israel certainly doesn't concentrate on ours.
 
 
-11 # Salburger 2017-03-22 08:09
Where is the special rapporteur for Syria? The one for occupied Tibet? the one for occupied Western Sahara? The one for occupied Cyprus? The one for occupied Kurdish territories? & etc. Oh, there are none, just one for occupied Palestine always employing a well known anti-Israel activist. But let's not ask any questions about why this might be so.
 
 
+10 # Misterioso 2017-03-22 08:49
1.

Apartheid is and has always been rampant in Palestinian lands occupied by Israel and within Israel “proper,” i.e., west of the “green line.”

To quote an expert: Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1961: “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state.” (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

“Former Foreign Ministry director-genera l invokes South Africa comparisons. ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state” EXCERPT: “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.” (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/265712.pdf A U.S. government human rights report released this month [March 2017, see link above] highlights grave violations against Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation... [It]raises a number of issues related to ill-treatment of Palestinian child prisoners and denial of fair trial rights in Israeli military courts.

cont'd
 
 
+10 # Misterioso 2017-03-22 08:51
2.

Recent Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyUvxHLYr4 Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

Eminent Jewish Israeli journalist, Bradley Burston, aptly sums up the horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem:
“Occupation is Slavery” EXCERPT: “In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts.” (Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)
 
 
+10 # Misterioso 2017-03-22 11:04
Salberger

Sigh!
Classic Hasbara, i.e., deflection, change the subject. It doesn't work!! The subject on the table is Israel's belligerent, illegal and brutal occupation of indigenous Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as its apartheid regime west of the green line.

Nor should we forget that under international law, Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip are still illegally and belligerently occupied by Israel, i.e., by inflicting collective punishments against Gazans, Israel is in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, binding on all UN members and ratified by Israel.

I also remind you that unlike crimes committed by the other countries you cite, those committed by Israel are financed by US taxpayers to the tune of over $10 million per day. In short, our complicity with criminal Israel must end!!
 
 
+8 # chrisconnolly 2017-03-22 11:11
I really don't understand our undying devotion to Israel while Trump at the same time has avowed Nazis in his cabinet. There are atrocities being committed against the Palestinians but we support those atrocities. We also support Nazis and their ideals of atrocities. I guess we just support atrocities no matter the brand. Atrocities must be money makers.
 
 
+2 # Radscal 2017-03-22 14:49
Shouldn't it be clear by now that the foreign country that successfully interfered in our latest election was Israel, not Russia?

It is Israel, not Russia which is carrying out its goals, with the full support of the Trump Administration.

Israel is right now planning and preparing for mass evacuations of Israelis who live nearest to Lebanon and Gaza. As world opinion is becoming highly critical of the Zionist Colonial Genocidal Project, it appears to me that they are about to "complete 1948."

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-plans-mass-evacuation-if-war-erupts-again/
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2017-03-22 22:52
As a US citizen, I am not furious that that at least some sections of the UN are starting to tell the truth about Israel. Trump is furious. Trump is not the "US". I am furious that our government is trying to suppress the truth.
 

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