Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Friday morning slammed a United Nations report accusing Israel of violating worldwide regulation, as a part of an ongoing inquiry into alleged rights abuses in Israel, the West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip following final yr’s 11-day combat between Israel and the Hamas terror group.
“Exactly as a result of I used to be not prime minister on the time of Operation ‘Guardian of the Partitions,’ I really feel obliged to emphasise: The UN report on the operation is biased, false, inciting and blatantly unbalanced,” Lapid mentioned on Twitter, referencing the 2021 battle.
“Not all criticism of Israel is antisemitism, however this report was written by antisemites (as Israel has already revealed) and is a distinctly antisemitic report,” he added.
The United Nations’ ongoing Fee of Inquiry launched its second report on Thursday, calling on the Safety Council to finish Israel’s “everlasting occupation,” and on particular person UN member states to prosecute Israeli officers.
The 28-page doc, which shall be introduced to the Basic Meeting on October 27, accuses Israel of violating worldwide regulation by making its management over the West Financial institution everlasting, and by annexing land claimed by the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Financial institution, and Syrian land within the Golan Heights.
“Actions by Israel constituting de facto annexation embrace expropriating land and pure assets, establishing settlements and outposts, sustaining a restrictive and discriminatory planning and constructing regime for Palestinians and lengthening Israeli regulation extraterritorially to Israeli settlers within the West Financial institution,” reads the report.
It additionally accused Israel of discriminatory insurance policies in opposition to Arab residents, of stealing pure assets and of gender-based violence in opposition to Palestinian ladies.
The fee cited “cheap grounds” to conclude that Israel’s presence within the West Financial institution “is now illegal beneath worldwide regulation on account of its permanence” in addition to the Israeli authorities’s “de facto annexation insurance policies.”
“By ignoring worldwide regulation in establishing or facilitating the institution of settlements, and straight or not directly transferring Israeli civilians into these settlements, successive Israeli governments have set details on the bottom to make sure everlasting Israeli management within the West Financial institution,” mentioned Navi Pillay, a former UN human rights chief who chairs the fee.
The report doesn’t point out the phrases “Hamas,” “rockets,” or “terrorism.”
Israel has refused to cooperate with the fee and has not granted it entry into Israel or entry to Palestinian-controlled areas within the West Financial institution and Gaza.
Israel’s mission to Geneva rejected the report, saying: “Commissioners who made antisemitic feedback and who proactively engaged in anti-Israel activism, each earlier than and after their appointment, don’t have any legitimacy nor credibility in addressing the problem at hand.”
The embassy added that the report damages the UN’s credibility and its human rights mechanisms.
Pillay heads the open-ended inquiry and is joined by Miloon Kothari of India, the primary UN particular rapporteur on enough housing, and Australian worldwide human rights regulation knowledgeable Chris Sidoti.
Kothari induced an uproar after he was quoted on a podcast this summer time talking out in opposition to the “Jewish foyer” and questioning Israel’s inclusion within the UN, sparking Israeli accusations of antisemitism and requires his resignation. Pillay defended Kothari and mentioned his feedback had been intentionally contextualized. Kothari has since apologized.
Sidoti had beforehand dismissed accusations of antisemitism in opposition to the fee and mentioned these had been being “thrown round like rice at a marriage.”
The fee was established final yr throughout a particular session of the council in Could 2021 — following preventing between Israel and Palestinian terrorists within the Gaza Strip — when the UN Human Rights Council tasked the physique with an investigation into “all alleged violations of worldwide humanitarian regulation and all alleged violations and abuses of worldwide human rights regulation” in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Financial institution and Gaza.
The fee was the primary to have an open-ended mandate from the UN rights physique — reasonably than be tasked with investigating a selected crime — and critics say such everlasting scrutiny exhibits anti-Israel bias within the 47-member-state council. Proponents help the fee as a technique to hold tabs on injustices confronted by Palestinians beneath a long time of Israeli rule.
Its first report, an 18-page doc launched in June, blamed Israel’s “persistent discrimination in opposition to Palestinians” for violence between the 2 sides.
Following Kothari’s feedback this summer time, Israel referred to as to instantly disband the fee. Lapid mentioned in late July that the fee was “basically tainted by the publicly expressed prejudices of its management, who don’t meet the essential requirements of neutrality, independence, and impartiality required by the United Nations,” he mentioned.
Israel justifies its insurance policies as safety measures wanted to cease terrorism.
Lazar Berman and the Related Press contributed to this report.