vrijdag 31 oktober 2008

Rapporteur VN Mensenrechtenraad haalt uit naar Israël

 
De spelregels bij de VN zitten zo in elkaar dat Israel nooit kan winnen: de 'Mensenrechtenraad', gedomineerd door islamitische en derde wereld landen, benoemt de speciale rapporteur voor de mensenrechten in de bezette gebieden, en bepaalt ook dat dat onderwerp permanent op de agenda staat en mensenrechtenschendingen in Congo en Soedan niet. Uiteraard benoemt deze raad iemand van wie Israel geen recht hoeft te verwachten:
 
Falk's appointment by the UN's Human Rights Council was roundly rejected by Israel, which cited Falk's comparison in 2007 of Israeli treatment of Palestinians to Nazi treatment of Jews in Germany.
 
Falk told the BBC in an April interview that he made the comparison to shock Americans, adding that he felt the Gaza situation was akin to the crisis in Darfur or the repression of Tibet.
 
Deze rapporteur brengt vervolgens verslag uit aan de Mensenrechtenraad maar ook aan Ban Ki-Moon en het sociale en humanitaire comité van de Algemene Vergadering, die daardoor in hun oordeel worden beinvloed. Israel kon in dit geval ook zijn mening geven, maar is vaak uitgesloten van dergelijke comité's en lichamen, omdat het nog steeds niet helemaal volwaardig lid is van een regionaal blok. Zo is het ook het enige land dat nog nooit in de veiligheidsraad heeft gezeten, want daar wordt over gestemd, en Egypte of Libië wordt wel gekozen maar Israel niet.
 
Falk liegt dat Israel alleen maar meer checkpoints en wegversperringen heeft opgezet sinds de Annapolis conferentie, terwijl het er meer dan 100 heeft verwijderd. Falk zal ook uitspraken van Hamas waarin men de vernietiging van de Joden in Palestina een zegen noemt negeren, zoals hij waarschijnlijk alles negeert wat zijn beeld van de Palestijnen als slachtoffers en Israel als wrede dader tegenspreekt.
 
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The Jerusalem Post
Oct 25, 2008 22:41 | Updated Oct 26, 2008 1:33
UN: Israel violated Geneva Conventions
By ALLISON HOFFMAN, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN NEW YORK
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1222017624172&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


The UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the territories has accused Israel of failing to halt settlement expansion in keeping with the Annapolis protocols and of violating the Geneva Conventions in Gaza.

Richard Falk, an American Jewish law professor who has been an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, recommended Thursday that the UN resume economic assistance to Gaza irrespective of whether Hamas satisfies political conditions set by Israel.

He also suggested that the General Assembly ask the International Court of Justice to conduct an assessment of Israeli actions in Gaza and said the UN should ask Switzerland to convene a review of Israel's compliance with the Geneva Conventions.

He added that the world body should "explore its own responsibility with respect to the well-being of the Palestinians living under the unlawful conditions of occupation."

Falk, who described Israel's approach to Gaza as a "siege," pointed to the difficulty of obtaining exit visas from Gaza for medical care as evidence of Israel's "collective punishment" of Gazans.

He cited increased checkpoint security in the West Bank as evidence that the Israeli government was reneging on promises made at Annapolis, which were "specifically understood to commit Israel both to ease restrictions on movement of Palestinians subject to occupation and to freeze settlement activity."

The presentation to the General Assembly's social and humanitarian committee, chaired by the Dutch, was Falk's first since taking over as rapporteur in May from John Dugard, a South African expert on apartheid.

It accompanied Falk's report, submitted to the committee by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon in September, in which he insisted that Gaza remains under occupation despite the 2005 disengagement, and therefore is subject to protection under international law.

Israeli envoy Ady Schonmann, a human rights expert in the Foreign Ministry, appeared before the committee to criticize the report, saying that it reflected the "partisan political position which has taken root at the Human Rights Council."

The council, the successor body to the UN Human Rights Commission, has included reviews of alleged human rights abuses by Israel as a regular agenda item sponsored by Islamic countries.

Schonmann protested the "unbalanced nature" of Falk's report, which did not take into account terrorist acts perpetrated by the Palestinians and legitimized Hamas while ignoring "the fact that Hamas's own leaders continue to call for the total destruction of the State of Israel, to reject a two-state solution, to reject the Annapolis process and to declare their active support for terrorism."

Schonmann also criticized Falk for relying on anonymous sources and cherry-picking academics to support his claims.

Falk, for his part, returned the jab by criticizing Israel for refusing to grant him a visa.

Falk's appointment by the UN's Human Rights Council was roundly rejected by Israel, which cited Falk's comparison in 2007 of Israeli treatment of Palestinians to Nazi treatment of Jews in Germany.

Falk told the BBC in an April interview that he made the comparison to shock Americans, adding that he felt the Gaza situation was akin to the crisis in Darfur or the repression of Tibet.

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