UNHRC to Israel: Status requires ending occupation

Canadian legal expert insists Israel violates human rights, says Israel needs to end 'occupation' immediately.

Chana Roberts,

United Nations Headquarters
United Nations Headquarters

Canadian special investigator and legal expert Michael Lynk has announced at an official UN briefing that Israel's status at the UN dependent on "ending the occupation" and the ability of "Palestine" to act as an independent state.

In response to the question of what could be done to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations against "Palestinians," Lynk asked, “Does the occupying power need to realize that its status in the international community depends on allowing Palestinians to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and on ending the occupation?”

Lynk also wrote a 26-page report on human rights in Judea and Samaria and called on Israel immediately end the "occupation."

"I want to emphasize, if emphasis is needed, the occupation is not lessening, it is becoming more entrenched, more embedded and more anchored...We are not on a path to Palestinian self-determination and independence. This should be a grave concern to the international community,” Lynk said. “It is impossible to separate the occupation from Israel’s settlement project, if there were no settlements there would be no need for the occupation.”

Lynk suggested the ICJ should re-evaluate their opinion on Israeli actions in Judea and Samaria.

"As a lawyer and law professor, I can say that the occupation and its length and its various features violates many aspects of international human rights law and many aspects of international humanitarian rights law," Lynk said. "We have accepted that the occupation has a legal framework to it, but does the occupying power's status to continue the occupation need to be judged either by the UN or by the International Court of Justice?"

At the meeting, Israel explained that Lynk's mandate was biased against Israelis, since Lynk only investigated Israel's actions, completely ignoring those of the Palestinian Arabs, the PA, and their various terrorist activities.

"The UNHRC has been taken over by some of the worst human rights violators in the world. The council has long abandoned it founding principles of universality, impartiality and non-selectivity," Israel said. "Every day around the world human rights are being violated in the most shocking ways and on an unimaginable scale. People are being indiscriminately targeted by barrel bombs, hanged for so called moral crimes and sold as sex slaves in city centers."ia

"The UNHRC deliberately ignores all those violations and continues its biased fixation with the only democracy in the Middle East, the state of Israel," Israel continued. “The rapporteurs mandate fully ignores Palestinians institutionalized incitement to violence and terrorism [against Israel].Allowing the Palestinians to continue to encourage terror attacks will not contribute to building a trust worthy partner in any future peace process."

The UN continuously makes anti-Israel decisions and resolutions, ignoring the fact that the PA and Hamas regularly abuse their citizens and teach their children to be murderers.

The Palestinian Authority has also admitted they don't follow international law, but Israel does.

Palestinian Arabs lead some of the best lives in the Middle East, receiving adequate and quality health care, quality and free education, state-of-the-art classrooms, academic and career opportunities, good jobs with workers' rights, women's' rights, freedom of speech and religion, and an exemption from army service. In fact, many, if not most Palestinian Arabs would love if Israel annexed Judea and Samaria.

Though the PA has not paid its electric bill in several years, PA citizens still enjoy electricity often overloading the grid and causing power outages to Israeli citizens.

In return, Israel has seen two official intifadas, and the current terror wave, which began in October 2015, has included 166 stabbing attacks, 89 attempted stabbings, 109 shootings, 47 vehicular ramming attacks and one bus bombing, killing 42 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Israel responded by saying, "Israel considers the discriminatory and distorted mandate to be illegitimate and will continue to view it as such until the council rights this wrong."