The United Nations Commission of Inquiry
on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
In wake of the 11-day Hamas-Israel war of May 2021, the Palestinians and Pakistan, acting on behalf of the Islamic group of states, initiated an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council and succeeded in creating yet another Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel and incentivizing Hamas.
This one, however, is unprecedented. Its scope includes not only the war of May 2021, but all events leading up to it, and since. They also have the broad mandate to examine “root causes” of the conflict, including alleged “systematic discrimination” based on race.
Whereas all past inquiries on Israel lasted for about a year, this one is perpetual—it goes on forever.
UN rules require that commissioners be impartial. Pillay is the opposite. On repeated occasions, Pillay has publicly accused Israel of being an Apartheid state. She has even signed petitions lobbying governments to “Sanction apartheid Israel.”
Navi Pillay was appointed to ensure a guilty verdict against Israel, to label it an Apartheid state with the UN’s imprimatur.
To demand an end to this perpetual inquiry, which has all the credibility of a Stalinist show trial, please join UN Watch’s campaign by signing our petition.
On 27 May 2021, at the request of the Palestinian delegation and Pakistan on behalf of the Islamic group of states (the Organization of Islamic Cooperation), the Human Rights Council held a special session on “the Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
By a vote of 24 to 9, with 14 abstentions, the Council adopted the resolution “Ensuring respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel.”
Those voting in favor: Argentina, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Eritrea, Gabon, Indonesia, Libya, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Voting against were: Austria, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Germany, Malawi, Marshall Islands, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
Through this resolution, HRC/30/1, the Human Rights Council decided to “urgently establish an ongoing, independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate, in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up and since 13 April 2021.”
The resolution further requested the commission of inquiry to “investigate all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity.”
The commission of inquiry was mandated to report to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly on an annual basis as from June 2022 and September 2022, respectively.
Navi Pillay, appointed to head the COI, is well known for her bias towards Israel while UN High Commissioner of Human Rights in 2008-2014. In this position, she empaneled four fact-finding missions targeting Israel, more than any other country; oversaw the discredited Goldstone Report, which was later rejected by its primary author; permitted the appointment of the notoriously antisemitic Richard Falk as the Special Rapporteur for the Palestinians; and convened the 2009 Durban II conference, which was boycotted by most democracies, and provided Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a prominent platform to disseminate antisemitic vitriol.
Following are key documents connected to the Pillay Commission.
UN Watch’s 30-page legal brief submitted to the UN, detailing how Navi Pillay violated UN rules by failing to disclose numerous of her prior statements that directly prejudge the matters before the inquiry, and calling on her to recuse herself.
UN Watch’ official submission to the Commission of Inquiry
On June 13th, the Human Rights Council will hear the first report of its new Commission of Inquiry which is investigating alleged war crimes during last year’s Hamas-Israel war, as well as alleged systematic discrimination in Israel and the Palestinian territories. To bring critical information to the public debate, UN Watch has invited experts to present testimony that will be submitted to the COI.
⚡️ Miloon Kothari wins our U.N. Anti-Racist of the Month Award.
A self-declared anti-racist, he was recently condemned for antisemitism by the UN Secretary General, UNHRC President, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion, US Special Envoy on Antisemitism, Britain, France, pic.twitter.com/XrHE6tKwHZ
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 17, 2022
US lawmakers urge UN to dissolve its Commission of Inquiry on Israel, saying commissioner Miloon Kothari's antisemitic remarks “demonstrate the lack of impartiality and disproportionate focus on Israel.”
— UN Watch (@UNWatch) August 17, 2022
Here is our draft resolution to terminate the mandate of the COI: https://t.co/kHMAjkiL5s The text will be circulated to all UNHRC member states. We will need a state to act as the sponsor, and our petition ⬆️ calls on U.S. Secretary of State to introduce the resolution. pic.twitter.com/zKkqsPqDD8
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) August 16, 2022
Please sign our petition to terminate the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel, and spread the word on social media
The U.N.’s new Commission of Inquiry against Israel, initiated by Pakistan and the PLO, is a travesty of justice. Despite U.N. rules requiring impartiality, each of three commissioners has a record of extreme anti-Israel positions. One of them was just condemned worldwide for making antisemitic remarks. It’s time to end the U.N.’s perpetual inquisition against the Jewish state.
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