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UN official: Israel’s occupation is ‘corrosive of human rights and democratic values’

Image of Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied Michael Lynk [Alhadath24/Facebok]
Image of Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied Michael Lynk [Alhadath24/Facebok]

Israel is working hard to silence “human rights defenders” in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, limiting their work and slowly outlawing them, a senior UN official revealed in a report yesterday.

The report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, said: “The 50-year occupation has been profoundly corrosive of human rights and democratic values.”

During this time, Israel has perpetuated

an alien rule over almost five million people, against their fervent wishes, [which] inevitably requires the repression of rights, the erosion of the rule of law, the abrogation of international commitments, the imposition of deeply discriminatory practices, the hollowing out of well-accepted standards of military behaviour, the subjugation of the humanity of the Other, the denial of trends that are plainly evident, the embrace of illiberal politics and – the focus of this report – the scorning of those civil society organisations that raise the uncomfortable truths about the disfigured state of human rights under occupation.


Lynk accused Tel Aviv of humiliating the Palestinians and intensifying the crackdown on human rights activists. He presented his report to the UN Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Council during its latest session on Israel. Israeli and US diplomats boycotted the session.

“Human  rights  organisations  and  individuals  have  engaged  in highly effective local, regional and international advocacy and litigation and acted as witnesses and ambassadors of conscience in reminding the world that the occupation is  becoming  ever  more  immutable,” Lynk’s report added.

As a result of their effectiveness, human rights defenders have been subject to a range of physical attacks, incarceration and threats to their lives and safety.


Read: Out of the UNHRC, US will not be able to ‘shield’ Israel

The report also criticised the Palestinian authorities for their violations, including unlawful killings and detentions. It comes after the resignation of the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Rima Khalaf, after her report accusing Israel of being an apartheid state was rejected by the international body under pressure from Israel and the US.

The US boycotted the debate on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in Geneva on Monday, claiming that the UN Human Rights Council is biased against Israel. The move came after the US administration announced in March that it would review its relationship with the Geneva-based council, in light of its strong focus on Israel, Washington’s ally.

The HRC regularly addresses many areas of tension, including Syria and North Korea. However, Israel is the only state regularly placed on a separate agenda item with numerous human rights reports.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner claimed in a statement from Washington that the discussion of the Monday session is an additional reminder of the long-standing bias of this body against Israel. “The continued existence of this item on the agenda is among the greatest threats to the council’s credibility,” he added.

Note: This item was amended on 7.14pm GMT March 24, 2017. The previous version of this page quoted Lynk as saying that Israel was the “most malignant in the world”, this was incorrect and we apologise for the error.

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  • Fasdunkle

    A jobsworth keen to perpetuate his job

  • peepsqueek

    And if the collective Arab Countries had won the war against the tiny Jewish State in 1967, we all know what they would have done to the Jews. I believe the most common quote was to “drive them all into the sea”. But even after losing the war, many more acts of war continued against Israel, and many more act of terrorism against civilian populations, of which Palestinian Arabs proudly took credit for their handiwork, instead of accepting a peaceful resolution that would have allowed them to develop a Nation and build an independent State. You don’t get to lose every war and then demand to go back to the status quo in the original UN Partition Resolution in 1947.

    Israel was a constant target for terrorism before there was a single Israeli settlement in the West Bank or Gaza. Does this article say how many Palestinian Arabs have been sentenced by Palestinians for crimes against Israelis, for snipers shooting border guards, blowing up crowded market places and public transportation? How many Palestinian Arabs have been sentenced for firing thousands of rockets into Israeli civilian populations (each one is an act of war), or the regular sniping at Israeli motor vehicles near the borders? Who was protecting Israeli civilians before the walls and fences? Who was protecting Israelis before there was a single Jewish settlement in Gaza or the West Bank? Certainly not the United Nations opinions.

    • Helen4Yemen

      “drive them all into the sea”.

      These Lithuanians, Russians, Hungarians and all sorts of stampeding foreign Jews do have homelands to go back to. These are colonial setters who prefer to leech off the land of the Arabs instead of going home and earn a living the hard and honest way.

      Did the French wait till they were “driven to the sea” from Algeria? No, the stayed for over 100 years and when the time came 1,000,000 had not choice but to go home.

      Remember: DNA has confirmed conclusively that the Ashkenazi is totally of European ancestry at a stunning level of 99.9% and 0% of Middle East ancestry.

      • peepsqueek

        DNA is the bases of statehood, be it a Jewish State or an Islamic State. There is a name for that.

        • Helen4Yemen

          What stops the Lithuanians now in Palestine form going home?

          • peepsqueek

            Why would a Jewish Lithuanian want to leave the on tiny Jewish State?

          • neluroman

            You cannot debate this topic with Helen. She has few clues of what is going on, and they are set in cement. Irrespective of your arguments she will always have the same biased and ‘logically faulted” rhetoric.

          • peepsqueek

            I write for the readers. Helen’s arguments are sometimes very challenging, and I come with a different point of view. I see some of the truth in the injustice, but her fault is in laying all the injustice of history on the Jews, which is unacceptable to most historians.

            She can argue this point for eternity but the fact remains that every modern country in the world is an amalgam of conquered or absorbed people, especially the whole Mediterranean people, Middle East, and North Africa. To ignore this is pure sophistry.

        • Helen4Yemen

          Alan Dershowitz DNA = 99.9% European (Poland …)

          Bill O’reilly DNA = 99.8% European (Britian …)

          Are they both not equally of European ancestry?

          Why does Dershowitz have the “right of return” and not


          • peepsqueek

            Because it is the only Jewish State, and Jewish from any part of the world, who have maintained Jewish tradition, laws, and rituals have returned to there holiest sites. Arabian Jews and Christians used to live in Mecca, why are they not allowed to return?

          • Helen4Yemen

            How does one ‘RETURN” anywhere when one’s DNA is confirmed to have ZERO % genetic link to that land?

            You sliding very quick into the territory of the stupid an the bizarre! I keep telling you lily-white Ashkenazi is European, no grandma Wolfowitz ever lived on that land, Palestine was taken by force. You are having a hard to time to explain the presence of this European on Arab land in the face of genetic science, are you not?

          • peepsqueek

            Europeans have been crossing the Mediterranean since ancient time, and controlled the Middle East for centuries. Jew originally call from the Middle East and have maintained a historical identity all those years as well.

          • Helen4Yemen

            Yes, the Middle East was occupied by many Europeans and they left, did they not? Why isn’t this European now in Palestine learn from his European cousins – the British, the French .. and realize that he too will be force out?

          • Helen4Yemen

            “Jew originally call from the Middle East”

            What does that mean?

          • peepsqueek

            Type-O, the word is “came” from the Middle East. You could have figured it out, but based on the question you have asked, I see you have trouble with basic ideas that apply to all of us.

          • Helen4Yemen

            What kind of “historical identity” does Ashenazi have to the land? Tell me what “historical identity” means?

    • Helen4Yemen

      You do not get it that the Euro-Jews in Palestine are like the French in Algeria?
      Tell me the difference?

  • Helen4Yemen

    The French were in Algeria for over 100 years and in a matter of days, 1,000,000 of them had to vacate from stolen Arab land. The British were in Aden (Yemen) for 160 years and they too had to vacate. The Ashkenazi is just another European squatting on Arab land and he has absolutely no problem going home back to Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and so on. These colonial settlers cling to Palestine due to the billions of US$ that rains on theirs heads non-stop. The day this windfall dries up is the day these Europeans will begin the stampede back to the West.

    • peepsqueek

      “The French were in Algeria for 100”– How long have Arabs invaded Berber territory? Berber, self-name Amazigh, plural Imazighen, any of the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, ALGERIA , Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger, and Mauretania.

      • Helen4Yemen

        What is Mr. Bloomerg’s interest in the Berbers? Does Mr. Bloomberg mean well by the Berber’s or more likely Mr. Bloomberg will not rest until he found all little divisions between people of the region to start his inciting people to hate one another?

  • Helen4Yemen

    Alan Dershowitz scored 99.9% purebred European ancestry and Bill O’reilly scored 99.8% European. One of these Europeans claims to have Middle Eastern ancestry at confirmed ancestry of 0% to the Middle East. Is that delusion or deception or both?

    Alan Dershowitz DNA
    98. 5% Ashkenazi
    0.4% Southern European
    0.1% Balkan
    0.9% Broadly European
    0.1% East Asian
    99.9% European
    0.0% Middle Eastern
    (Source: PBS)

    Bill Oreilly DNA
    British Irish 87.8%
    Scandinavian 1.7%
    Iberian 0.9%
    Finish 0.2%
    Broadly European 9.2%
    Unmatched 0.2%
    European 99.8%
    Middle East 0.0%

    (Source: PBS)

  • Helen4Yemen

    A Malignant Tumor onto the World by Manuel Valezuela

    “The trouble in the Middle East stems from the fact that a European people with no continuity with the land arrived and colonized a native population that did. Today, this colonization has morphed into outright apartheid and dehumanization. The state of Israel, it must be understood, was born in sin. It was created in large part thanks to the ethnic cleansing and dispossession of a native people who today are trapped in large concentration camps of suffering and utter decay, living encaged in the last vestiges of their original land. Israel’s birth coincided with the spawning of serious crimes against humanity that have through time only been exacerbated, continuing to this day with ever more barbaric levels of suppression, persecution and subjugation.


    (replace * with dot)

    • peepsqueek

      Berber, self-name Amazigh, plural Imazighen, any of the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger, and Mauretania.

  • A.S.F.

    Gee, I guess he hasn’t visited the Crimea, the Ukraine or Tibet or spoken to any of the folks there. They might beg to differ.

  • JockF

    Nikolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator, considers all Israeli settlement activities illegal —

    On Saturday, March 25, 2017, U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, expressed that the United Nations view on Israeli settlements activities as illegal, adding that the growing number of settlements is concerning.

    During a briefing, Mladenov said that the continued breach of resolution #2334 adopted by the UNSC in December 2016, pronouncing the illegality of continued settlement building, is concerning and that they should be stopped immediately.

    Furthermore Mladenov condemns the Israelis constant disregard to international law by demolishing Palestinian homes over the West Bank and Jerusalem in order to build new settlement units. He pointed out that 5500 settlements units were announced to be built in January 2017, and that 145 houses were demolished in Area C in addition to 48 other demolitions in East Jerusalem.

  • Mike Abramov

    Well done sir, a very well thought out narrative.

    May i add that the Arab/Muslim by nature is a romantic. This means that they are always chasing dreams that are never achievable. if they are not fighting Christians or Jews, they are fighting each other. Their aims are to achieve an ideal that does not exist. In fact, I am not even sure they know what they want because when they get it, they are still not happy.