UN committee to examine Palestinian apartheid accusations against Israel – fr

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UN committee to examine Palestinian apartheid accusations against Israel – fr


A United Nations arbitration committee is set to examine a Palestinian Authority complaint that Israel has committed acts of apartheid, such as civil society allegations against the Jewish state on the issue of l apartheid by left-wing Israeli NGOs such as Yesh Din and B ‘Tselem and US-based Human Rights Watch grabbed the headlines. The Israeli mission to the UN in Geneva published a scathing response on the issue Monday, after the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) announced Friday that it plans to take the issue forward. CERD “applied discriminatory standards against Israel to justify its scandalous ruling on the admissibility of the politically motivated Palestinian complaint,” the mission said. The Palestinian Authority, on the other hand, welcomed the decision rendered on Friday as the committee closed its April session. , he said, has proven that “Israel’s racism and discrimination against the Palestinian people violates the basic principles of w and humanity as a whole. The AP originally filed its complaint with CERD on April 23, 2018. The case was reportedly dealt with in 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19.

CERD is the oversight body for the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which entered into force in 1969 and its 18-member body reviews all states for compliance on a regular and rotating basis. It also assesses complaints of non-compliance. Israel and the Palestinian Authority are both signatories to the convention, which prohibits apartheid under Article 3. “States Parties particularly condemn racial segregation and apartheid and undertake to prevent, prohibit and eradicate all practices of this nature in territories under their jurisdiction ”, declares the convention. The Palestinian Authority has complained to CERD that Israel is not respecting Articles 2, 3 and 5 of the convention. It is the Israeli actions in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem that are at issue. CERD routinely reviews Israel’s compliance with the convention, as it does with all signatories. Israel participates in all of these reviews, the last of which was in 2019. The committee also reviewed Palestinian compliance in the same year. Israel took CERD reviews seriously because the committee is made up of a professional body and is widely presumed not to have the same level of anti-Israel prejudice as the UN bodies which are made up of representatives from member states. Arbitration proceeding not part of normative review, with an ad hoc panel of five members , known as the Conciliation Committee, being appointed to deal with Friday, CERD said it had rejected Israel’s argument that the PA’s complaint should be dismissed and that it planned to appoint a Already in 2019, CERD rejected an opinion in favor of Israel from a UN legal advisory body that the Palestinian’s request was inadmissible. The former Trump administration also spoke out against the PA’s claim. “After careful consideration, on April 30, 2021, the Committee decided by consensus, with the non-participation of four members, to reject the objections raised by the Respondent concerning admissibility. interstate communication [by the PA]She said. to an amicable solution of the question on the basis of respect for the Convention by the States Parties ”, declared CERD. Israel responded that “despite an unequivocal finding by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs that the Committee lacked jurisdiction; despite the absence of treaty relations between Israel and the Palestinians; and contrary to its own past practice, the Committee determined (in December 2019) that it had jurisdiction to examine this bogus complaint. “The committee has now decided that proceedings on this matter can continue,” the Israeli mission said. decided to apply an operational standard to Israel and disregard both the facts and the law to reach a predetermined, agenda-driven conclusion, ”he said. CERD hinted that it would not participate in the proceedings but did not make this categorical statement. The impudent and biased decision of the Committee, it is clear that Israel cannot expect to receive fair and non-discriminatory treatment from this body, and will deal with it accordingly, ”the mission said.

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