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Jerusalem slams HRC Commission of Inquiry report on ‘Occupied Territories’ as ‘biased and one-sided, tainted with hatred for the State of Israel’

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‘’The report published by the Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry is nothing more than a waste of money and effort of the United Nations’ systems, part and parcel of the witch hunt being carried out by the Human Rights Council against Israel,’’ stated a spokesperson of the Israeli foreign ministry.

The18-page  report, issued Tuesday by the ‘’UNHRC’s Commission of Inquiry, issued its first report on Tuesday, blamed Israel’s “occupation” for the protracted Arab-Israeli conflict.

The report also claimed that Israeli actions, such as “forced displacement, threats of forced displacement, demolitions, settlement construction and expansion, settler violence, and the blockade of Gaza” fed “recurring cycles of violence.”

Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, who chairs the commission, said, “The findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one state occupying the other.”

Israel’s failure to implement recommendation of past commissions and U.N. fact-finding bodies “is at the heart of the systematic recurrence of violations in both the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel,” the report claimed.

‘’It is a biased and one-sided report, tainted with hatred for the State of Israel and based on a long series of previous one-sided and biased reports. The report disregards years of murderous terrorism by Palestinian terrorist organizations against Israeli citizens, as well as the Palestinians’ long-standing obstinacy and the vicious and antisemitic incitement carried out by the Palestinian Authority and its networks,’’ the Israeli foreign ministry statement said.

It added : ‘’The Commission of Inquiry ignored the real reasons that led Israel to defend its citizens against the murderous terrorist organizations that are committing a double war crime: firing at Israeli civilians from within civilian areas in the Gaza Strip.’’

‘’The Commission of Inquiry and the biased report it published are the result of the Human Rights Council’s extreme anti-Israel bias. The Commission members, who claim to be objective, were only appointed to their roles because of their public and well-known anti-Israel stances, in direct opposition to the rules set out by the United Nations,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘’The State of Israel will continue to protect its citizens in accordance with the highest international values and standards.’’

In the report, Commissioner Miloon Kothari said, “It is only with the ending of occupation that the world can begin to reverse historical injustices and move towards self-determination of the Palestinian peoples.”

Another Commissioner, Chris Sidoti, added: “Israel clearly has no intention of ending the occupation. In fact, it has established clear policies to ensure complete permanent control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This includes altering the demography of these territories through the maintenance of a repressive environment for Palestinians and a favorable environment for Israeli settlers.”

The report also noted that the Palestinian Authority uses the occupation as a justification for its own human rights violations “and as the core reason for its failure to hold legislative and presidential elections,” according to a U.N. press statement. Hamas, which rules in the Gaza Strip, has “shown little commitment to upholding human rights, and no adherence to international humanitarian law,” according to the report.

The Commission of Inquiry, established by the Human Rights Council on May 27, 2021, in the wake of Israel’s “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” is mandated to investigate “all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up to and since 13 April 2021” in Israel and areas it designates as occupied by Israel.

The COI will present the report to the 50th session of the Human Rights Council on June 13, 2022.

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