UN’s latest commission of inquiry on Israel

From Morocco to Indonesia,  Iraq to Nigeria, embassies burn, the streets are aflame, diplomats and bystanders are murdered by whipped-up mobs.

Yet the only thing worrying the U.N. Human  Rights Council is Israeli settlements, where Jews live in the tiny area of the West Bank, what the U.N. in its 1947 partition plan called “the hill country of Samaria and Judea.”

Here’s the latest update from the latest inquisitor in what is the council’s permanent Inquisition of Israel. By way of background we list all of the council’s inquiries on Israel since 2006.

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Permanent Inquisition: Israel at the  U.N. Human Rights Council

19th Session.  Resolution 19/17 on “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan.”  (April 2012)  “Decides to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, with a mandate ending on submission of a report to the Council, and calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, not to obstruct the process of investigation and to cooperate fully with the mission.”


1st Urgent Debate: (June 2010) “The Grave Attacks by Israeli Forces against against the Humanitarian Boat Convoy” (held during 14th Regular Session). “Decides to dispatch an independent international fact finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance.”

9th special session (January 2009): Condemned Israel for Gaza war, ignored Hamas terrorism, created Goldstone Report.  “Decides to dispatch an urgent, independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Council, to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying Power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, due to the current aggression, and calls upon Israel not to obstruct the process of investigation and to fully cooperate with the mission.”

3rd special session (November 2006): Condemned Israel for errant shell in Beit Hanoun, ignored Hamas terrorism. “Decides to dispatch urgently a high-level fact-finding mission…to travel to Beit Hanoun…to protect Palestinian civilians against any further Israeli assaults.”

2nd special session (August 2006): Condemned Israel for Lebanon war, ignored Hezbollah terrorism. Established Commission of Inquiry “(a) To investigate the systematic targeting and killing of civilians by Israel in Lebanon; (b) To examine the types of weapons used by Israel and their conformity with international law; [and] (c) To assess the extent and deadly impact of Israeli attacks on human life, property, critical infrastructure and the environment.”

1st special session (July 2006): Condemned Israel for responding to Gilad Shalit capture, ignored Hamas terrorism. “Decides to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”

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