UN official compares Israel’s settlements to war crimes, sparking backlash


A United Nations human rights investigator is being referred to as anti-Semitic for remarks made Friday towards Israel on the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Critics say that is simply one other lengthy line of anti-Israel bias stemming from the world physique because it seeks to rewrite historical past.

Michael Lynk, a Particular Rapporteur on human rights within the Palestinian territories, was chatting with a gathering of the U.N. Human Rights Council presenting findings from his report the place he mentioned he wished, “to make it clear to Israel that its unlawful occupation, and its defiance of worldwide legislation and worldwide opinion can and can not be price free.” Lynk, who has lengthy been criticized for his anti-Israel views, famous, “I conclude that the Israeli settlements do quantity to a struggle crime.”

Lynk’s remarks instantly drew hearth from critics who famous that his report and remarks excluded any criticism of terror group Hamas or the Palestinian Authority.

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Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, informed Fox Information, “Lacking from his so-called 20-page skilled report is a single reference to Hamas utilizing human shields, to any of the Palestinians killed by misfired Hamas rockets, or in truth to any Palestinian having dedicated any struggle crime in any respect. The actual query is why the Biden administration has determined to affix and legitimize this Council and its preposterous human rights authority figures, realizing full nicely neither the Council nor Lynk’s platform may be or can be modified.”

Then-President Trump took the U.S. out of the Human Rights Council in 2018. Nikki Haley, the United Nations ambassador on the time, mentioned the 47-member council was “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.” In certainly one of many coverage adjustments from the Trump administration concerning the U.N., Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned this previous February the Biden administration would re-engage with the council and problem for a seat for its 2022 session.

Blinken, in an announcement, famous, “America has lengthy been a champion of human rights. If elected to the Human Rights Council, we are going to use the chance to be a number one voice throughout the Council for selling respect for human rights.”

Bayefsky, who can be president of Human Rights Voices and who speaks repeatedly and displays the Human Rights Council, informed Fox Information, “The U.N. Human Rights Council’s so-called skilled on the ‘Palestinian territories,’ Michael Lynk, is a infamous extremist. Three days after 9/11, he blamed ‘disregard’ by Western nations of the legislation for ‘breeding these sorts of acts.’ He routinely makes the grotesque analogy of Israel, and the Jewish victims of the Nazis, to the Nazis. He consistently challenges the legitimacy of the existence of a Jewish state in any respect, repeatedly reverting to the supposed affront of 1948.”

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Bayefsky concluded, “Right this moment’s revolting instance of selling anti-Semitism underneath the guise of defending human rights is par for the course, each of the U.N.’s high human rights physique and its consultant, Michael Lynk.”

Whereas Israel doesn’t take part in agenda merchandise 7, which is solely used to sentence the Jewish state, the Palestinian consultant thanked Lynk for his report.

Its Ambassador, Ibrahim Khreish mentioned it was crucial to take into accounts the suggestions, “in order that we will punish this colonial and plantation system, put an finish to funding there, and to boycott this method and impose financial and political sanctions with a purpose to condemn the injustices dedicated by this (Israeli) authorities.”

Whereas no remark was supplied by Israel’s United Nations ambassador to Fox Information, the Worldwide Spokesman for the Jewish Neighborhood of Hebron, Yishai Fleisher slammed Lynk calling him, “a nationwide determine thief.”

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Fleisher informed Fox Information from Hebron that he ought to perceive that the areas he referred to as settlements exhibits that he lacked a fundamental information and understanding of historical past. “The Jewish folks are indigenous to Judea, we had two commonwealths right here and we at the moment are within the interval of the third commonwealth. We hail from this land, our language is full of idioms from this land, our complete id is tied up with this land, and the one struggle crime that needs to be mentioned proper now’s the struggle crime that Michael Lynk is perpetrating by denying our historical past.”

Of all of the agenda gadgets of the U.N.’s high human rights physique there is just one that’s devoted to attacking a single nation which is Israel – agenda Merchandise 7. Regardless of a number of efforts to reform merchandise 7, it nonetheless continues to at the present time.

Members of the 47-country Human Rights Council consists of China, Cuba, Russia, Qatar and Venezuela.



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