UN commission report accuses Israel of violating international law

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Violations in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip released a report on Thursday accusing Israel of violating international law.

According to a report by i24, the head of the commission, Navi Pillay, urged the UN Security Council to end Israel’s “permanent occupation” of the Palestinian territories and to call on member states of the UN to prosecute the Israeli leaders.

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The UN commission’s report, due to be presented to the UN General Assembly on October 28, accuses Israel of “violating international law by making permanent its control over the West Bank” and “annexing the lands claimed by Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as Syrian lands in the Golan Heights.”

The report further characterized Israel’s actions as a de facto annexation of Palestinian territory.

He also accused Israel of racist policies against Arab citizens and sexist crimes against Palestinian women.

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The report further stated that the current dual legal system in the West Bank “provides greater enjoyment of human rights to Israelis than to Palestinians and is therefore discriminatory.”

The report also called for an urgent legal opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal implications of Israel’s continued refusal to end its invasion. He also called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

However, the Israeli UN mission denounced the report as anti-Semitic and said the commission’s report undermines the credibility of the United Nations and its human rights mechanisms.

The Israeli mission to the UN also said the report was biased because it did not discuss Hamas and its acts of terrorism.