The United Nations Human Rights Council, almost unanimously has issued 5 resolutions condemning Israeli Jewish ill-treatment of Palestinians. I say almost because the only one country which voted against four of the five Resolutions was the United States.
Reports have come forward stating that Netanyahu has called this “absurd”.
The monitoring of Israeli practices is done by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. In other words, the “facts” are rigorously obtained from varying quarters of the UN organs. Who or what is really absurd? Examining the Resolution may reveal the true absurdities.
The Resolution (A/HRC/25/L.37/Rev.1 ) pertaining to Agenda 7 (which discussing Israel), has the following notable quotes:
Aware that Israeli settlement activities involve, inter alia, the transfer of nationals of the occupying Power into the occupied territories, the confiscation of land, the forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, including Bedouin families, the exploitation of natural resources and other actions against the Palestinian civilian population and the civilian population in the occupied Syrian Golan that are contrary to international law,
Expressing grave concern at the continuation by Israel, the occupying Power, of settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in East Jerusalem, in violation of international humanitarian law, relevant United Nations resolutions, the agreements reached between the parties and obligations under the Quartet road map, and in defiance of the calls by the international community to cease all settlement activities,
Expressing grave concern at the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and expressing its concern in particular at the route of the wall in departure from the Armistice Line of 1949, which is causing humanitarian hardship and a serious decline in socioeconomic conditions for the Palestinian people…
Gravely concerned at the rising number of incidents of violence, destruction, harassment, provocation and incitement by extremist Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, against Palestinian civilians, including children, and their properties, including historic and religious sites, and agricultural lands
The only absurdity is Netanyahu and his peoples’ war against ill-equipped, dishoused, starving Palestinians, men, women and children. Interestingly the action which the Resolution is calling on states that,
Emphasizing the importance for States to act in accordance with their own national legislation on promoting compliance with international humanitarian law with regard to business activities that result in human rights abuses,
To ensure that they are not taking actions that assist the expansion of settlements or construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem;
(b)To implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to take appropriate measures to encourage businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, to refrain from committing or contributing to gross human rights abuses of Palestinians, in accordance with the expected standard of conduct in the Guiding Principles and relevant international laws and standards;
(c)To provide information to individuals and businesses on the financial, reputational and legal risks, as well as the possible abuses of the rights of individuals, of getting involved in settlement-related activities, including economic and financial activities, the provision of services in settlements and the purchasing of property;
David Cameron recently stated in his Knesset speech:
” I have a clear message – Britain opposes boycotts; whether it is trade unions campaigning for the exclusion of Israelis or universities trying to stifle academic exchange, Israel’s place as a homeland for the Jewish people will never rest on hollow resolutions passed by amateur politicians. It is founded in the spirit and strength of your people, it is founded in international law”
Ironically it is the same International Law which is encouraging the boycott of trading with goods emanating from the Occupied Territories. The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory is a document which has been endorsed by the European Union. A few days ago, a letter was sent from a number of MEPs calling on Baroness Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, highlighting the fact that European businesses were trading with Israelis inside the Occupied Territories and to issue guidance preventing companies from doing this.
In the recent case of Fraser v UCU, the court ruled that the advocating for the boycotting of Israeli universities and products and firms that operate in the Occupied Territories was not illegal under the Equalities Act (it was claimed it was tantamount to anti-semitism).
Even if the goods or business ventures are emanating from Israeli territories, it is coming from a country which is constantly engaged in Human Rights violations.
That makes International law, the EU as well as the UK’s own judiciary not really agreeing with David Cameron. Since David Cameron fully supports Israel, and rejects boycotts of Israel, this means that the UK Government is complicit in Israeli violations of international law.