The following written submissions by United Nations Watch have been circulated by the UN as official documents to all delegates at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council:

A/HRC/42/NGO/147: Palestinian racist and apartheid laws and policies


“United Nations Watch is deeply concerned by the racist and apartheid laws and policies of the Palestinian Authority (“PA”) and Hamas, which violate the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) to which the State of Palestine acceded in 2014.

The PA recently submitted a report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for its first review by that Committee. It listed various racial and ethnic minorities whose numbers, according to the PA, total less than 1% of the population. This lack of racial diversity is itself an indication of high levels of racism within Palestinian society. According to rankings recently published by Insider Monkey, the Palestinian territories are among the top 25 most racist places in the world, with 44% of its population not wanting neighbors of a different race.

Notably, Jews were absent from the PA’s list of minorities. Racial segregation, more specifically the ethnic cleansing of Jews, has been the policy in the West Bank at least since Jordan seized that territory in 1948 and massacred or forcibly expelled any remaining Jewish residents. Today, while Israel has a thriving Arab minority that actively participates in and contributes to Israeli society, Jews are completely absent from the West Bank…”


A/HRC/42/NGO/151: Antisemitic and terrorist incitement by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas


“Antisemitism is on the rise around the world, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 26 June 2019. The “multi-headed monster” of intolerance, he told the informal meeting of the General Assembly on Combating Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate, has created a visible and violent “tsunami of hatred” that is gathering speed across the world.

Several groups have published statistics on the alarming increase in antisemitism, including the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). United Nations Watch is especially concerned by data that the highest rates of antisemitism are found in Middle East and North Africa even though the Jewish population in these areas is almost non-existent, as the majority of Jews were forced out of these countries after Israel was formed.

Widespread antisemitism among Middle Eastern Muslims impacts the safety of Jews worldwide. According to the December 2018 FRA survey, when respondents were asked to identify the perpetrators of antisemitic attacks, the highest number (30%) identified the perpetrator as being someone with Muslim extremist views.

Like elsewhere in the Middle East, no Jews reside in the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas. Yet Palestinian society is routinely inundated with antisemitic incitement by Palestinian officials and through the education system and the media. This endangers the lives of Israelis…”


A/HRC/42/NGO/155: Gross and systematic violations of religious freedom by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas


“Our founder, Morris B. Abram, was a principal drafter of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. He exercised this role as an expert member, in the early 1960s, serving on the United Nations Sub Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Combating racism continues to be a priority of United Nations Watch.

In that regard, United Nations Watch is deeply concerned by Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas violations against the religious freedom of non-Muslims in breach of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 18) and the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (Article 5) to which the State of Palestine is a party.

The Palestinian Basic Law states in Article 4 that “Islam is the official religion in Palestine.” While it adds that respect for other religions will be maintained, it also states that “the principles of Islamic Sharia shall be a principle source of legislation.” As scholars have noted, subordination of legislation to Islamic Sharia law means that Sharia supersedes traditional western human rights even if such rights are technically guaranteed in law. Furthermore, Article 18 of the Basic Law provides that freedom of religion is guaranteed only if “public order and morals are not violated”—a vague and limiting phrase….”



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