Israel on human rights: It’s accountability for Palestinians but ‘diplomatic terror’ for Israel

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The United Nations Human Rights Council.

Two ironic stories over the weekend dealing with how the Israeli government deals with human rights investigations on itself and how pro-Israel supporters praise others for looking into the PA’s record.

Calev Myers, of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice traveled to Brussels on Thursday to hand the European Union a report urging future aid be based on the Palestinian Authority improving the human rights of Palestinians. According to their website:

Myers traveled to Brussels to personally hand the EU a 35-page report that his organization, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, compiled on human rights in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

It urged the EU to hold the PA and Hamas accountable for its human rights obligations under international law, which are only marginally influenced by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Asking donors to look into the human rights conditions and accountability is a good thing. No matter who it is. The Palestinian Authority, like all governmental entities should be held to account for how it treats it’s citizens. It’s also good to be held accountable to international law. But one must remember a simple fact. The Israelis are the ones in power in the West Bank. Is this taken into account as well? Are the human rights abuses perpetrated by Israeli polices accounted for in Mr. Myers report? More on that later.

However, back in Jerusalem…Haaretz reported on Sunday that:

Israel is considering sanctions against the Palestinian Authority after the United Nations’ Human Rights Council decided to establish an international investigative committee on the West Bank settlements.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called it “diplomatic terror” and on Sunday evening Foreign Minster Danny Ayalon tweeted that the UN team would not be allowed into Israel.

JPost article here.

No matter what you think of the UN or it’s different bodies, Israel’s human rights record in the occupied territories needs more attention. According to B’tselem’s 2011 Human Rights Report on the settlements:

The settlements violate numerous human rights of the Palestinians, among them the right to property, the right to an adequate standard and living, and the right to freedom of movement.

So while Israeli Human Rights lawyers are in Brussels asking that any future funding be contingent on the Palestinian Authority’s human rights efforts. The Israeli government calls such actions “diplomatic terror” and shuts the doors to any international accountability looking into it’s human rights record and the settlements.

You can’t demand accountability from others while rejecting calls for the same on yourself.

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  1. Pixel says:

    “You can’t demand accountability from others while rejecting calls for the same on yourself.”

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Israel.

  2. piotr says:

    PA policy of arbitrary arrests and perhaps torture is done under American supervision and in “security cooperation” with Israel, so this is an immense degree of duplicity, in addition to IDF own violations.

    • pabelmont says:

      piotr: ALTHOUGH any and all torture, etc., done by PA or HAMAS at the direction of, or paid for by, or in order to find favor with, USA or Israel is to be deplored AS SUCH AND THE COMPLICITY OF USA AND ISRAEL WELL UNDERSTOOD, * * * nevertheless any bad acts done bu y PA or HAMAS on their own authority — so to speak — should also be noted.

      POWER CORRUPTS everyone who has power.

  3. American says:

    “You can’t demand accountability from others while rejecting calls for the same on yourself”

    Yea you can, Israel has done it for 60 years.

  4. American says:

    ”Israel to Block UN Mission on Settlements
    link to voanews.com

    ”’Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio that the Israeli government will not allow the U.N. delegation to enter the country. -”

    So what are the Israelis gonna do if the UN delegation tries to enter, shoot them?
    I suggest the UN group go to Egypt and then helicopter into Palestine and approach the settlements that way.

  5. eljay says:

    >> [Myers' report] urged the EU to hold the PA and Hamas accountable for its human rights obligations under international law, which are only marginally influenced by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Nice bit of deflection. Yes, the PA and Hamas must be held accountable for HR obligations, just as the Jewish state must be held accountable for its HR obligations within its 1948 1967 borders lands, but that has nothing to do with either the Jewish state’s HR obligations in all territories it illegally (and brutally) occupies or its ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder.

    >> Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called it “diplomatic terror” …

    Avigdor Lieberman is an idiot.

    • piotr says:

      Strangely enough, Lieberman is more lucid that quite a few ministers in the current GoI. For example he curbs his overly enthusiastic colleagues who want to transfer all Palestinians to Jordan, or sees grave risks in the plan to attack Iran.

      But I wonder if Lieberman finds phrases like “diplomatic terror” on his own, or his stuff creatively translates strings of Russian expletives into diplomatic Hebrew and English.

    • Hostage says:

      [Myers' report] urged the EU to hold the PA and Hamas accountable for its human rights obligations under international law, which are only marginally influenced by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . . Nice bit of deflection.

      Most of the report is artless hasbara and non-sequiturs. On the one hand, the State of Israel has argued that neither the PA nor the de facto Hamas regime in Gaza are States capable of becoming parties to the applicable human rights treaties.

      On the other hand JIJ notes that the EU is making the state of Turkey accept the EU’s acquis communitaire as part of the on-going accession process. Although Palestine is not joining the EU, JIJ argues that mere recognition of Palestinian statehood should be subject to the same criteria as Turkey’s EU accession bid.

      There really is no evidence provided of any human rights violations. There are just some footnotes claiming that anonymous informants working for human rights organizations in the territories have made allegations during interviews. The JIJ advised that the details of those interviews were not disclosed “for security purposes”.

      link to jij.org.il

  6. Bumblebye says:

    Not only will the UN team not be permitted to enter ‘Israel’ (which is the name being used to INCLUDE occupied Palestine here), but ALL ties have been severed with the human rights council. The ambassador in Geneva has been instructed not even to take phone calls:
    link to haaretz.com.

    • Hostage says:

      Not only will the UN team not be permitted to enter ‘Israel’ (which is the name being used to INCLUDE occupied Palestine here), but ALL ties have been severed with the human rights council.

      Article 104 of the UN Charter stipulates that the UN Organization shall enjoy in the territory of each of its Members such legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfilment of its purposes. link to yale.edu

      Israel has never respected its charter obligations to cooperate with officials on mission from the United Nations to conduct fact finding on human rights conditions or violations of its international obligations.

  7. David Samel says:

    As if any more proof were needed that the word “terror” has been so misused that it has lost any meaning. . . Actually, Lieberman’s use of the term “diplomatic terror” does provide a bit of comic relief.

  8. A LARGER IMAGE SHOWING THE VERY INTRIGUING CEILING IN FAR GREATER DETAIL – link to ilga.org

    ANOTHER VIEW – link to infosurhoy.com

    AND ANOTHER – link to geneva.usmission.gov

  9. Dan Crowther says:

    A refusal to allow in “UN Inspectors”? Sheee-it – Isn’t that sort of the hallmark of a “Rogue Nation”?

    Tick, tock….

  10. Taxi says:

    Saddam refused UN inspectors entry into Iraq too. Then he changed his mind. Then he changed his mind again. Then s’more mind-changing.

    We know Apartheid israel’s got more to hide than Saddam did. In fact, turns out that Saddam had NOTHING to hide.

    Man them israelis spend the most copious amount of time denying their bullying by bullying.

    Bullshit country!

  11. Sumud says:

    Israel is considering sanctions against the Palestinian Authority after the United Nations’ Human Rights Council decided to establish an international investigative committee on the West Bank settlements.

    This is just a variation of the “price tag” revenge attacks perpetrated by the settlers. Palestinians are being held hostage by Israel.

    And note: “Israel is considering sanctions against the Palestinian Authority…”.

    Sanctions, as in: Boycott Divestment & Sanctions. Israel can’t complain when it is also sanctioned – but it will.

  12. Talkback says:

    OMG! I just read this in Haaretz:

    “(Palestine was considered an official sovereign entity before the founding of the State of Israel).”
    link to haaretz.com

    Quick, shout something. Antisemitism! Delegitimization! Diplomatic Terrorism! Anything!!!

    • weird sentence in that article:

      U.S. law, which actually allows passports to list “Jerusalem, Israel”, has existed since 2002.

      • Eva Smagacz says:

        -There are two laws:
        1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act and 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act.

        First was not signed in by president, and the other, as I understand it, was, with Bush noting that he retains right not to allow implementation of the bit about Jerusalem.

        • But in 2002, Congress passed a bill urging that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv be relocated to Jerusalem and ordering that “Israel” should be listed as the birthplace for those born in the city who request it.

          The George W. Bush and Obama administrations argued that the law was unconstitutional because it impinged on the president’s right to conduct foreign policy.

          link to latimes.com

          aipac is f*ing with our laws thru control of congress, and now using the courts to legally ethnically cleanse palestine, disgusting.

        • American says:

          AIPAC has their congressional minons put up a dozen bills a year demanding the US move it’s embassy to Jerusalem and recongize it as the capital of Israel. The bills always pass but the WH never acts on them.

    • Hostage says:

      OMG! I just read this in Haaretz: “(Palestine was considered an official sovereign entity before the founding of the State of Israel).”

      And afterward too. Under U.S. foreign relations law, a state is obliged not to recognize any state that has acquired one of the qualifications for statehood in violation of the UN Charter – and any state that is under military occupation is treated as if it still exists.

      The FRUS relates that in 1963 the US was still recording Jerusalem, Palestine on documents related to immigration and travel and that the Israelis expressed outrage over that situation. Now the jackasses are enraged because the US refuses to recognize Israeli sovereignty on the basis of a military conquest that would violate the UN Charter without a mutually agreed upon final settlement.

      In 1995 the State Department published a Memorandum of Conversation between William Crawford Jr. and Mr. Shaul Bar-Haim from the Israeli Embassy (February 7, 1963) regarding Jerusalem. Bar-Haim said “The use of the term “Palestine” is historical fiction; it encourages the Palestine entity concept; its “revived usage enrages” individual Israelis”. Crawford said “It is difficult to see how it “enrages” Israeli opinion. The practice is consistent with the fact that, ”in a de jure sense”, Jerusalem was part of Palestine and has not since become part of any other sovereignty. Crawford noted that, at that time, U.S. legislation and regulations continued to employ the term Palestine. See Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Vol. Xviii, Near East, United States. Dept. of State, G.P.O., 1995, ISBN 0160451590, page 341.

  13. piotr says:

    “Israel is considering sanctions against the Palestinian Authority after the United Nations’ Human Rights Council decided to establish an international investigative committee on the West Bank settlements.”

    By that logic, we should impose on Israel all sanctions put in place on Iran and keep them until Iran will convince us that it does not have anything to do with a nuclear weapon program.

    One can feebly object that Israel does run that program. Details! After all, PA does not run UNHRC.

    If that will not work, we should impose on Israel all sanction put in place by Israel on Gaza. You know, entire import restricted to foodstuffs from an approved list, revised weekly and secretly, only enough oil that they will be able to have electricity for 6 hours each day, and allow export of some limited quantity of tomatoes. Fishing within 3 mile limits. All trade through a single truck crossing with Jordan.

    If Iran will be still obstinate, then we can threaten to lift sanctions on Israel: I bet that THIS will do the trick. THEN Israelis will be so deliriously happy (no existential nuke threat! o frabjous joy!) that they will simply ask: what do you want? 1ss or 2ss?

    • Eva Smagacz says:

      This reminds me of system of raising Emperor of China: he was never allowed to be punished, so his friends and companions were given punishment instead.