The real story of the UN Human Rights Council: Europe slams Israeli crimes

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Last week, Israel found itself isolated and condemned in Geneva, as the United Nations Human Rights Council passed four damning resolutions, each by 46-1. The resolutions testify to grave violations of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, as well as systematic discrimination and wide-scale human rights abuses.

Settlements, whose illegality is confirmed in the resolutions, are described as entailing “the confiscation of land, the forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, including Bedouin families, the exploitation of natural resources and other actions against the Palestinian civilian population”.

The resolutions also cite “the continuing demolition of Palestinian homes and eviction of Palestinian families from [East Jerusalem]”, “the destruction of orchards and crops”, the “expulsion of Palestinians”, a “two-tier legal system”, and a “discriminatory allocation of water resources”.

Importantly, the UNHRC’s resolutions contextualise the litany of abuses as part of a “systematic violation” of Palestinians’ human rights”. Israeli policies “discriminate against” an occupied people, while settlers are afforded “preferential treatment over the Palestinian population in terms of access to roads, infrastructure, land, property, housing, natural resources and judicial mechanisms”.

middleeastmonitor.com

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