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Human Rights - UNHRC Condemns Israel

The 3 PM demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem protests the ongoing illegal colonial settlement activity.

The United Nations Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council. Photo: Jerusalem Post

(BETHLEHEM) - Significant international and local developments are happening. Israel attacked Syria in violations of the UN charter and this seems intended to provoke a war. Israel also did not show up at a mandatory review of its human rights record in front of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

All 193 U.N.-member nations are required to submit to such a review every four years, and council diplomats said they worried that if nation were let off the hook that could undermine the process. Israel was the first country to do so in the history of the council setting a precedent that is very dangerous.

But the most significant development is that the UNHRC appointed an independent commission which just finished a study that took months. The 154 pages of in depth investigation is titled “Report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

It concluded that Israeli colonial settlements in the areas occupied in 1967 could be brought to task as war crimes under International law.

The commission also stated that all settlements (including in East Jerusalem) are illegal and severely violated Palestinian human rights and that Israeli leaders could be brought to task for violating international law. All that is needed is a technicality: for Palestinians to join the Rome statute and bring the case before the International Criminal Court. It remains to be seen if the Palestinian leadership would get serious or will continue lying to us (after all, they told us that the reason for the upgrade at the UN from an observer organization to a non-member state is to join UN agencies and hold Israel accountable).

But this is not the first time we are lied to. The last few years we were told the reconciliation agreement with Hamas will be implemented (soon or on particular dates) and all dates passed without implementation. The last was when Fatah leaders told us that the interim government will be appointed before the end of this month (January). Well, this is also passed.

We remain trapped in the shit hole that is the Oslo accords that have long expired (1998) and that Israel violated anyway in its supposed 5 year interim period (1993-1998).

Meanwhile this remains the most profitable occupation in history with $10-20 billion in revenue that Israel gets from occupying the West Bank and Gaza (and that is not counting the settlements!). The ball is in the court of the PLO even as that network needs to recreate itself to represent the Palestinian people rather than the elite.

Below are other things worth pondering including exposition of Israeli lies and myths.

Note: Tomorrow/Friday are weekly demonstrations in various locations.  My
recommendation is the 3 PM demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem
to protest the ongoing illegal colonial settlement activity ( stolen lands
and houses from natives to serve Europeans just because they are Jewish).

The full UNHCR report is here
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session19/FFM/FFMSettlements.pdf
see also
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/settlements-international-governments.html

Israeli TV admits: No rockets were ever fired from UNRWA schools in Gaza
during “Cast Lead”
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-tv-admits-no-rockets-were-ever-fired-unrwa-schools-gaza-during-cast-lead

The Gift of the Other: Why I Do Not Want to Leave Palestine/Israel by LYNDA
BURSTEIN BRAYER
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/25/why-i-do-not-want-to-leave-palestineisrael/

New book: Tel Aviv historian uncovers “Land of Israel” myths
http://electronicintifada.net/content/new-book-tel-aviv-historian-uncovers-land-israel-myths/12116#.UQji7uIMOtk.email


What I Learned About Empire in the West Bank
http://wagingnonviolence.org/2013/01/what-i-learned-about-empire-in-the-west-bank/

Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-admits-ethiopian-women-were-given-birth-control-shots.premium-1.496519

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
Professor

Also posted at
http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2013/01/unhrc-condemns-israel.html

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Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and just published “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.” Visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.

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