UNHRC looks to create fact-finding mission on settlements (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 03/19/12)
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On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is set to debate the
creation of a fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements and
Jewish construction in east Jerusalem.
It is one of five resolutions on Israel and the Palestinians that
will be presented to the council as part of its 19th session. Four of
the resolutions were submitted by “Palestine,” even though it is not
a UN member state.
One of the four resolutions calls on the council “to dispatch an
independent international fact-finding mission to be appointed by the
president of the council, to investigate the implications of Israeli
settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural
rights of the Palestinian people throughout the occupied Palestinian
territory, including East Jerusalem.”
It also called on Israel to cooperate with the mission.
A second resolution calls on the council to affirm the Palestinian
right to self-determination.
A third resolution condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians and
calls on member states to provide emergency economic assistance to
Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It also expresses
concern at the firing of rockets at Israelis.
A fourth resolution calls for the implementation of the 2009 UN
report by South African jurist Richard Goldstone on Israel’s Cast
Lead military incursion against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in December
2008 and January 2009.
A fifth resolution submitted by Pakistan on behalf on the
Organization of the Islamic Conference calls on Israel to return the
Golan Heights to Syria. It also decries Israeli “annexation” of that
territory, and calls on Israel not to impose citizenship on Syrian
citizens living in the Golan Heights.
According to the Ma’an News Agency, Hamas senior official Ismail al-
Ashqar is scheduled to address the council as part of Monday’s
council debate on Israel.
UN Watch executive-director Hillel Neuer said this was the first time
the council had looked to create a fact-finding mission on the
“The Palestinians at the UNHRC are frustrated that there’s actually
been some attention recently to other things — such as the massacres
this year in Syria and Libya — and so the latest fact-finding mission
is a desperate attempt to keep the focus on Israel’s purported sins,”
In regard to the call to return the Golan Heights, Neuter said the EU
had decided not to engage with that resolution. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 03/19/12)
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