Francesca Albanese
Francesca AlbaneseReuters/Lev Radin/Sipa USA

Francesca Albanese, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestinian Arab territories, on Tuesday accused Israel of transforming Palestinian Arab territories into an "open-air prison" through widespread detentions of Palestinian Arabs.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva and quoted by Reuters, Albanese claimed that Israel had carried out widespread, systematic and arbitrary detention of Palestinian Arabs since the 1967 Six Day War.

"There is no other way to define the regime that Israel has imposed on the Palestinians - which is apartheid by default --other than an open-air prison," she stated.

"By deeming all Palestinians as a potential security threat, Israel is blurring the line between its own security and the security of its annexation plan ... Palestinians are presumed guilty without evidence, arrested without warrants, detained without charge or trial very often, and brutalized in Israeli custody," claimed Albanese.

Albanese has previously come under fire for her anti-Israel bias. Last December, it was revealed that, in an open letter posted to her Facebook page in 2014, she castigated the US and Europe for their conduct during Operation Protective Edge and wrote, “America and Europe, one of them subjugated by the Jewish lobby, and the other by the sense of guilt about the Holocaust, remain on the sidelines and continue to condemn the oppressed — the Palestinians — who defend themselves with the only means they have (deranged missiles), instead of making Israel face its international law responsibilities.”

In another post from that year, which has since been hidden, Albanese referred to the “Israel lobby” and Israel’s greed in comments directed at the BBC over its coverage of the conflict.

Albanese later rejected arguments that the comments about the “Jewish lobby” were antisemitic.

In February, a bipartisan group of US Congress members called on the UN to remove Albanese, after she refused to condemn a ramming attack in the Ramon neighborhood of Jerusalem, in which three people were murdered.

In May, Italian Senator Giulio Terzi sent a letter to Italian Foreign and International Cooperation Minister Antonio Tajani, in which he called to consider the future Albanese over her controversial remarks on Israel.

Israel's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva on Tuesday rejected Albanese's findings.

"Israel does not expect any fair, objective or professional treatment from this Special Rapporteur who was chosen due to her partial views against Israel," the mission said in a statement to Reuters. "Her mandate was created with the sole purpose of discriminating against Israel and Israelis".