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In Face of Non-Cooperation, UN Calls on Israel to Take Part in Human Rights Review

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The top United Nations human rights body today voiced regret at Israel's decision not to participate in the scheduled review of its human rights record


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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:56 am
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Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:57 am

Israel was absent for the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.

29 January 2013 – The top United Nations human rights body today voiced regret at Israel’s decision not to participate in the scheduled review of its human rights record, and called on the Government to resume its cooperation with the mechanism set up for this purpose.

The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review subjects each country’s human rights record to a State-led peer review on the basis of information submitted by the country concerned, UN entities, civil society and other stakeholders.

Israel today became the first country not to show up for its review, which is part of a two-week session the Council is currently holding in Geneva during which 14 States are having their human rights records examined.

Representatives of the 14 countries are scheduled to come before the Working Group, which comprises the entire membership of the 47-member Council, to present efforts they have made in fulfilling their human rights obligations and commitments, assessing both positive developments and identifying challenges.

In the face of Israel’s absence, the Council took a decision by consensus “regretting the decision of Israel, the State under review, not to participate in the Universal Periodic Review at the scheduled date…”

It also decided to reschedule its examination of the country to later this year, at the 17th session of the Working Group of the Universal Periodic Review of October-November at the latest.

In addition, the Council called on Israel to resume its cooperation with the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, which has enjoyed 100 per cent participation from States since it began nearly five years ago.

The decision called on the President of the Council, Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel of Poland, to “take all appropriate steps” to encourage Israel to resume its cooperation and requested him to report back to the Council on his efforts in this regard.

“When my final report is considered, the Council will consider any steps that might be deemed appropriate under the relevant General Assembly and Human Rights Council resolutions,” said Mr. Henczel.

He added that today’s decision would serve as “a precedent to be applied in all similar circumstances of non-cooperation in the future.”

The other countries being reviewed during the Working Group’s current session, which concludes on 1 February, are France, Tonga, Romania, Mali, Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi, Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, the United Arab Emirates, Liechtenstein and Serbia.



Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:17 am
Considering, that most UN bodies are taken over by Islamsic bloc who made UN totally biased against Israel, this is no wonder.

If Syria, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan were not invited for that review, and, if I am not mistaken, Islamic Malaysia is the chair of that HR Council, the Islamist PR campaign is obvious.

Good for Israel to save some time for more productive things, like medical research or computer innovations. Let eternal losers talk their hate speeches on their own.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:41 am
Human Rights Council
Twentieth session
Agenda item 7
Human rights situation in Palestine and other
occupied Arab territories
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in the Palestinian territories
occupied since 1967, Richard Falk*
In the present report, while noting the continuing non-cooperation of Israel, the
Special Rapporteur underscores the widespread and abusive use of administrative detention
procedures by Israel. He calls attention to hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners in protest
against administrative detention. Amid escalating violence by Israel in Gaza, the Special
Rapporteur examines Israel’s policy and practice of targeted killings.

You may read more about Israel's black record against the right of the Palestinians here :

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:48 am
IV. Settlement expansion
24. Settlement expansion has accelerated in the course of the last several months. At least 3,500 units were under construction in 2011, and 1,850 buildings were being built for housing units. This does not include Israeli settlement construction in East Jerusalem.
A. Settlement outposts
25. The most significant development bearing on settlement expansion, and of primary importance to the Israeli settlement project overall, is reflected in a series of moves by the Government of Israel that purport to ―legalize‖ 100 or so settler ―outposts‖. They had been previously regarded as illegal even under Israeli law because they were not constructed on Government-held land in Area C. In this area, approximately 450,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements held to be ―legal‖ under Israeli law while remaining, as are all settlements, illegal under international humanitarian law, under the Fourth Geneva Convention (art. 49, sixth paragraph).
26. The Ministry of Justice has established a committee for examining private lands in Judea and Samaria, headed by a former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice, Edmond Levy, who spoke out publicly against removing Israeli settlers from Gaza. The Committee also includes in its membership Alan Baker,17 a prominent international lawyer and former Government official who previously authored a ―legal opinion‖ that found that the settlement outposts should be legalized under Israeli law provided only that Palestinian owners of the land were paid compensation and that the settlement was established in good faith. Given the geographic dispersion of the settlements throughout the West Bank, if the purported legalization takes place as expected, it would make clear beyond any reasonable doubt that a viable and independent Palestinian State will not be established. It would bring to finality the seemingly endless assertions that settlement expansion ―is making‖ or ―might make‖ a two-State solution impossible, and force recognition that the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements has already made the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian State, and thus a just, lasting and comprehensive ―two-State solution,‖ impossible.
27. Plans exist to convert outposts, usually consisting of temporary house trailers strung together, into settlements consisting of several hundred housing units. If this dynamic of legalization, which has so far mainly flown below the radar of international public perception, is formalized, it is likely to be viewed as a major provocation by Palestinians. It should be noted that in the past several months, the attempts by Israel to enforce its own law regarding these outposts, most prominently the Migron outpost, have perversely generated retaliatory violence against Palestinian persons and property by Israeli settlers, known as ―price tag‖ reprisals. This insulting term refers to the practice of Israeli settlers burning Palestinian olive groves, destroying agricultural land, or attacking Palestinian

17 Tovah Lazaroff, ―Netanyahu names c’tee to examine outpost issue‖, Jerusalem Post, 30 January 2012. Available from
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, ―Attempting to Distinguish Settlements from Outposts Creates a False Distinction,‖ 30 April 2012

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:10 am
Please note that the report refered to was issued May 2011.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:21 am
Bob A.
If you read carefully You will find these words " Israel today became the first country not to show up for its review, which is part of a two-week session the Council is currently holding in Geneva during which 14 States are having their human rights records examined."

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:43 am

P A (117)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:57 am
Thanks Abdessalam.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:04 am
In the face of Israel’s absence, the Council took a decision by consensus “regretting the decision of Israel, the State under review, not to participate in the Universal Periodic Review at the scheduled date…”

If there is nothing to hide or be ashamed of, one would think they would have no issue to show up.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:10 am
Thank you, Abdessalam. Exactly, Sheryl.......exactly.

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:50 am
Thanks Abdessalam. I really have no input as I do not know the reason for this.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:06 am
As Sheryl also picked out: “regretting the decision of Israel, the State under review, not to participate in the Universal Periodic Review at the scheduled date…”
It SHOULD have stated CONDEMNED instead of "regretted", which is less than a slap on the wrist.
And it is obvious and was to be expected! they won't show up with THAT RECORD of HR violations to be reviewed! After all Nethanyahu has said several times that he does not care one hoot about the UN.
They systemicly avoid to participate ANYWHERE when expecting to be criticised (e.g. Helsinki conference etc)
If anytime in the future they'll be called to THE HAGUE one has to wonder if they'll show up THERE..

Thanks Abdessalam for updating us to more sad and disappointing news about Israel.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:17 am

I'm a little surprised to read that Israel is the only state/country to not participate in the UN review, I though that Sudan made the same choice a few years ago and Uganda, Zimbabwe, were I believe also uncooperative . Many just might consider this rejection to openness as a statement of guilt. If the UN is to be fully effective than perhaps each nation should endure a human rights investigation at least every two years. That might just hold the broom we need to cleaning up the human rights abuses in all countries. It could be embarrassing for a country to be held up as example of what to not be like.

Stealing private or cooperatively owned property, tossing those people to curb with no shelter should definitely be considered a human rights abuse.

Barbara W (342)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:35 am
I agree with Sheryl.

If Israel has nothing to hide why are they always balking at their abuse of power actions being held to account? The leaders of Israel have no difficulty pointing accusing fingers at those around them. They have no difficulty playing underhanded games with their neighbors.

The Netanyahu government and those even before his, continue to go against the entire worlds opinion while continuing to steal Palestinian land and, more sadly, many more lives of Palestinian young.

Netanyahu and his Likud party demand others be transparent about many things including, the nuclear issue being at the head of their list. But they will not open their nuclear facilities to any meaningful inspection. Why?

Who are these people who demand so much from others but adamantly refuse to live by the demands they impose on others? I also see this unreasonable action taking place in the land of my birth. America... Hypocrites all, leaders who hide behind bogus claims and outrageous lies, framed with fiery prejudices, are tearing up the planet and it's inhabitants into splintered pieces.

I needn't tell those of you who have been passionately working on the various issues which demand our undivided attention, that it's imperative that "We" not only stay the course, but, that "We" become even more vigilant to what's unfolding around US!

I'm sorry that I have been less active here at care2 of late but Dan and I have been very busy readying "Rumble and World Pulse Radio". Soon as things are moving more smoothly I will be working both "Care2, Rumble and "World Pulse Radio" as it permits.

Thank you for this post Abdessalam.. I will post this today at in the "World Pulse" area..

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:59 pm
Wiping a Village Off the Map: The Destruction of a Herder Community in Northern Jordan Valley | ICAHD
Please read, note and share your comments 0n this valuable story posted by Christine few minutes ago.

Ellyn S (48)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:25 pm
Noted. Thanks Abdessalam!

Paul Girardin (126)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:44 pm


Christine Linley (12)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:25 am
Was very pleased to see BBC covered this. Previously the only coverage of the settlements was by "leftist" media to a small audience allowing Israel to go more or less unhindered in its take over of Palestine territory ;but more and more often now the general press is giving coverage to the Palestinian's plight and Israel is finding it difficult to justify it's position under public scrutiny.
Many regards to Abdessalam for providing us with the documentation that we can spread further afield . Ta

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 3:19 pm
Abdessalam, I think Israel decided to follow the advice of that wise man that you quoted: "Leave morons alone", or something like that.

If Egypt and Pakistan, the worst human rights offenders, were not called for the review, it is obpvius that UN runs another Islamist PR campaign. Nobody discusses all the crimes committed by Egyptians Arabs against Coptic Christians, or Pakistani Sunni against their Shia, etc, yet Israeli villages were made the main focus, and chief anti-Semite Falk runs the show.

Let that show run without one actor. Thanks to that wise man of yours.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:57 am
Bob A.
Apparently you can't read. UN statement says " Israel today became the first country not to show up for its review " You can register in an illiteracy center.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:51 pm
A new Europe-wide petition has been launched to call for the EU to match its condemnations of Israeli violations with concrete actions. It calls specifically for a ban on settlement produce and an end to all EU financial transactions that support illegal settlements.

It asks our politicians to ensure that Israeli military and security companies, and other organisations working for or working in illegal settlements don't benefit from EU research funding.

Please sign the petition

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Friday February 1, 2013, 1:02 pm
GENEVA The United Nations' first report on the broad policy of Israeli settlements concluded Thursday that the government's practice of "creeping annexation" clearly violates the human rights of Palestinians, and called for the country to immediately stop the practice.

In its report to the 47-nation Human Rights Council (HRC), a panel of investigators said Israel is violating international humanitarian law under the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the treaties that establish the ground rules for what is considered humane during wartime.

The Israeli government has persisted in settling Palestinian-occupied territorities, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank, "despite all the pertinent United Nations resolutions declaring that the existence of the settlements is illegal and calling for their cessation," the report said.

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