UN researcher reports UN session on Israel that never happened

Nicola Perugini, a UN researcher in the Palestinian territories for UNESCO and UNIFEM (the UN women’s fund), and who has academic positions at Bard College’s Al Quds program and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, should be removed from his UN and scholarly posts on grounds of utter incompetence.

His Feb. 22 Al Jazaeera article on the latest UNHRC report on Israeli settlements tells us all about a session in January which, in fact, never took place:

  • “At the end of January, the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) focused on the ‘Human rights situation in Palestine and other Arab territories’…”
  • “The session welcomed a report produced by an international fact-finding mission on the implications of the Israeli settlements…”
  • “The session was a new chapter in the protracted chain of condemnations issued by international bodies against Israel’s violations of human rights and international law…”
  • Israel “preemptively isolated itself by boycotting this UNHRC session…”
  • “[T]he session was not good publicity for Israel…”
  • “[T]he fact that Israel boycotted this 22nd session should not surprise us. Tactics are also a weapon of the state, not merely a weapon of the weak.”

Except Perugini’s session could not have focused on anything, welcomed any report, opened any chapter, been boycotted by anyone, or created any bad publicity for Israel, for the simple reason that it never existed.

Perugini, the expert consultant and researcher in the Palestinian territories  for two major UN agencies — including for the UNESCO-funded “Decolonizing Architecture” project that imagines various ways to take apart Israeli settlements — appears to have conflated three completely different things into one giant mush that is a figment of his imagination: (a) the settlements report itself; (b) an unrelated Universal Periodic Review meeting on Israel; (c) and the actual 22nd session of the UNHRC, which begins on Monday, Feb. 25.

The incident underscores the shoddy scholarship and disregard for facts that characterizes much of the anti-Israel propaganda produced by many of the researchers who write UN reports on Israel, including the Goldstone Report.

Will UNESCO and UNIFEM disclose which Palestinian matters have been handled by Perugini? Are they in the least troubled by his politicization and incompetence?

Is this the kind of shoddy scholarship Bard College is trying to promote through its Palestinian summer school?

5 Responses to “UN researcher reports UN session on Israel that never happened”


  • Al Gore sold his network to Al Jazeera. I am sure Mr. Gore will be pleased to know how accurate Al Jazeera is in reporting a “fair and balanced” news story.

  • Unfortunately, the more the lies are told the more they become the truth. The Palestinians and their supporters have mastered that craft. It is amazing how many fall for it and don’t cut it off at the bud.

  • Hiring a fox to guard the chickens is too mild a cliche to apply to the UN, whose villanous members outnumber any reasonably civilized ones.
    The UN, which had potential, has become a Muslim and extremist gang.

  • This is anti-Israel campaign based on lies and nothing but lies. This is a crime against Israel and the Israeli people by UN.

  • According to the league oF Nations mandate for Palestine in 1922′ Jews could settle anywhere in ‘Palestine’. The San Remo conference gave the Jews the same right. The UN confirmed the current validity of the Leagues mandate system in Chapter 80 of the UN charter, including the Mandate for Palestine. This was again confirmed by the International Court in he South West Africa case in the 1060’s. Further, UNSC’S resolution 242 did not require Israel to return all the LANs captured in the June 67 war. The Oslo accords of the 1990’s allowed Israel to build at will in area ‘C’ of the West Bank, which is where she has been building. So quite contrary to what you say, Israeli settlements in the WB is absolutely legal according to International Law.

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