Arab Israeli delegation meets UN team probing Israel’s human rights violations

An Arab Israeli delegation achieved in Amman, Jordan with the United Nations team tasked with investing human legal rights violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The delegation, led by former Hadash celebration leader Mohammad Barakeh and attorneys from the Adalah authorized rights team, fulfilled UN officers in Jordan as Israel refuses to let them into Israel to have out the investigation.

“There can be no just and rational working with a regime based on racial discrimination together ethnic lines,” said Adalah lawyer Hassan Jabarin, who introduced the group’s findings to UN investigator Navi Pillay and her staff members on Thursday.

The commission of inquiry Pillay is primary was established all through a distinctive session of the UN Human Legal rights Council held final May perhaps to focus on the 11-day Hamas-Israel war that thirty day period, which killed 260 Palestinians and 13 individuals on the Israeli aspect.

It was tasked with hunting over and above that surge in violence and to look into “all alleged violations of international humanitarian legislation and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law” in Israel and the Palestinian territories, which include East Jerusalem.

Though the council has ordered 8 prior investigations into rights violations in the area, this was the very first open-finished probe, and the initial to look at “root causes” in the drawn-out conflict.

According to Barakeh, who prospects the Better Observe-Up Committee for Arab Citizens — a entire body that purports to stand for all the political gamers in Arab Israeli modern society — this is the initial UN probe that will analyze the authorized standing of Arab Israelis, alternatively than Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Arab Israeli delegation meets UN team probing Israel’s human rights violations

Then-UN Human Legal rights Commissioner Navi Pillay speaks all through a push conference in Rabat, Morocco, on May 29, 2014. (AP Image/Paul Schemm, File)

Israel has sharply criticized the probe and accused of Pillay of systemic bias from the Jewish point out.

“[The commission members] have regularly taken public and hostile positions from Israel on the extremely subject matter make a difference that they are referred to as on to ‘independently and impartially’ examine,” wrote Israel’s envoy to Geneva, Meirav Eilon Shahar.

In a May 2021 lecture, Pillay explained Israel’s remedy of the Palestinians as “inhuman” and as opposed Israel to apartheid South Africa.

And even though serving as UN Superior Commissioner for Human Legal rights she reported that the Israeli govt treats international law “with perpetual disdain.”

Delegation leader Barakeh dismissed the criticisms and accused Israel of trying to get to evade accountability.

“The fact that Israel refuses to cooperate with this committee states a great deal. It indicates that it is scared of its actions and is familiar with that it is violating all intercontinental and humanitarian values,” Barakeh reported in a assertion.

AFP contributed to this report.

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