The 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held in June 2022, perpetuated the bias and hypocrisy that has come to define the UNHRC specifically and the United Nations in general. Several statements made during the session by NGO officials, many of which receive large portions of their funding from European governments, promoted the apartheid canard and advocated for BDS.
In May 2021, Palestinian terror groups in Gaza fired over 4,000 rockets and mortars toward Israeli population centers – each one an unequivocal war crime.
As with previous flare-ups involving Gaza, NGOs ignored Palestinian violence. Instead they engaged in intense political advocacy campaigns targeting Israel, pressing the ICC to investigate Israeli officials and calling for anti-Israel BDS measures such as arms embargoes.
In response, the UN Human Rights Council established a Commission of Inquiry to “investigate” crimes allegedly committed by Israel since April 13, 2021. Fueled by disinformation provided by NGOs, the COI is yet another UN body marred by secrecy and tainted by conflicts of interest, in order to target Israel, and disseminate false and antisemitic narratives about the conflict.
Submission to UNHRC 50th Session - United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory
NGO Monitor submits an written submission to the UN Human Rights Council in response to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor Addresses the UNHRC during the COI discussion on Israel: “An Inquiry that contribute to the erasure of history“
NGO Monitor addressed the UN Human Rights Council during the discussion of the Commission of Inquiry report on Israel
On June 7, 2022, the UN Human Rights Council “Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel” (COI) published its first report. As expected, this initial report perpetuates outright falsehoods, and relies on information provided by terror-linked and anti-Israel NGOs to previous UN bodies. This is consistent with the COI’s prejudicial mandate and the bias of commission members.
- 2021 UN Commission of Inquiry
- Apartheid Rhetoric
- Commission of Inquiry
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
On July 22, 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed the members of a “Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel." The chosen panel members’ have conflicts of interest and prejudicial backgrounds, including long histories of anti-Israel activism and highly inflammatory rhetoric.
On August 23, 2021, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published its third (!) pseudo-report on the two-week armed conflict in Gaza and Israel, the latest titled “Gaza: Israel’s May Airstrikes on High-Rises.”
On July 27, 2021, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report alleging that Israel committed war crimes in its May 2021 conflict with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza. This report serves as another vehicle for HRW’s ongoing campaign lobbying the International Criminal Court.