Courtesy of JNS Michael Lynk, U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories

Courtesy of JNS

Michael Lynk, U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories


(JNS) Canadian law professor and U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories Michael Lynk on Oct. 23 called for an international ban Israel’s “illegal settlement” products at the U.N. General Assembly’s Human Rights committee.

Lynk urged “a complete ban” of companies active in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Golan Heights, and the publication of a list of these companies, as a step to ending Israel’s “illegal occupation” of the West Bank.

“No occupation in the modern world,” he said, “has been conducted with the international community so alert to its many grave breaches of international law … and yet so unwilling to act upon the overwhelming evidence before it to employ the tangible and plentiful legal and political tools at its disposal to end the injustice.”

He pointed to economic conditions in Gaza, which he called a “human-made catastrophe,” and also referred to the U.N. Commission of Inquiry’s report to the Human Rights Council last March, which incorrectly claimed that the “victims” shot by Israeli soldiers were peaceful demonstrators, when they were actually members of terrorist groups, including Hamas.

Lynk has previously expressed anti-Israel views at the United Nations, including urging economic sanctions against Israel; promoting boycott campaigns to delegitimize Israel; and calling on the international community to increase pressure on Israel through imposing special travel visa requirements on Israelis, undermining its trade agreements with the European Union and stopping the “multitude forms of military or economic cooperation or academic cooperation with Israel” in order to pressure “ordinary Israelis” and “the attitude of the Israeli government.”

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