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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quick: Name every UN committee whose name begins with "UN Special Committee to Investigate...."

You are correct! There is only one, which is the "UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories."

Yesterday, they issued a report from their latest "investigation."

What, exactly, is involved with their "investigations?"

A United Nations committee* has heard serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.
Members of the Committee also heard testimony on the expansion of settlements, the ongoing use of administrative detention, excessive use of force and possible extrajudicial killings, and lack of accountability.
During its annual mission to Amman, Jordan, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, established by General Assembly Resolution 2443 in 1968, heard from civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials.
Based on this testimony, the Committee clearly observed that the Israeli authorities continue with policies and practices that negatively impact the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, compounded by the ongoing electricity crisis, was repeatedly raised as one of the most pressing issues.
They gather a bunch of people who hate Israel and those people "testify." Surprise, surprise: the "investigation" finds everything everyone says to be credible and accurate.

The committee whose entire purpose is to investigate Israel - the only such committee in the UN - doesn't even investigate Israel. It just regurgitates anti-Israel propaganda, and there is no shortage of people willing to "testify" on that score, since they know that no one will actually do any fact-checking.

So for example, some unnamed "journalists" testified that they were "targeted" by Israel while covering protests. Were they, perhaps, also participants? The UN doesn't care.

Even though Israel doesn't cooperate with this farce, that is not reason to rubber stamp any anti-Israel statement that is made without a modicum of checking newspaper accounts or official Israeli press releases. Or the veracity of the "testifiers."

This committee was created in 1968. That's Which means that there has been 49 years of obvious  vilification of Israel at the UN.

But when it was created, it had a different name. The UNGA resolution that created this committee, 2443, called it the "Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories."

Because in 1968, no one - not even the UN - ever heard of the "Palestinian people."

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