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Jewish UN investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’


Not that it matters. Strike that—it matters to God.

Haaretz

UN human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of “ethnic cleansing” in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate. He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians say is dimming their hope of establishing a viable state on contiguous territory.

Richard Falk, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, told a news conference that Israeli policies bore “unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing”.

“Every increment of enlarging the settlements or every incident of house demolition is a way of worsening the situation confronting the Palestinian people and reducing what prospects they might have as the outcome of supposed peace negotiations.”

Asked about his accusation of ethnic cleansing, Falk said that more than 11,000 Palestinians had lost their right to live in Jerusalem since 1996 due to Israel imposing residency laws favoring Jews and revoking Palestinian residence permits. “The 11,000 is just the tip of the iceberg because many more are faced with possible challenges to their residency rights.”

This compounded the “ordeal of this extended, prolonged occupation”, according to Falk, an international law expert and professor emeritus at Princeton University in the United States.

Falk said that Israel had made a systematic effort to “change the ethnic composition” of East Jerusalem by making it more difficult for Palestinians to reside there while encouraging the spread of settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

In a report last month, Falk said Israeli policies in the West Bank appeared to amount to “apartheid and segregation” with a de facto annexation of parts of the territory, denying the Palestinian right to self-determination. There was no immediate Israeli response to his remarks on Friday. Israel has not responded officially to Falk’s February report via the president of the UN Human Rights Council, the usual channel, U.N. officials in Geneva said.

Direct peace negotiations usually coincide with intensified Israeli settlement activity, he told reporters.

The U.S.-brokered peace process seemed to be primarily a project of Secretary of State John Kerry who had received only “minimal support from Obama himself”, Falk said.

“There are other reasons for encouraging the idea that it’s still possible to negotiate a settlement based on the two-state model, even though most informed observers regard it as highly implausible given the changes that have taken place during the period of occupation and given the outlook of the Netanyahu government,” he said, making clear he was among the sceptics.

Even entering negotiations, he said, is seen as a “betrayal” by Israeli political factions and parties that are to the right of the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“A few years ago it would be hard to imagine that there was something to the right of Netanyahu. But gradually this drift to the right has created a whole new sense of the political debate within Israel,” Falk said. “And there is a strong internal Israeli opposition to any sense that the Palestinian people in any diminished way deserve a state of their own.”

Falk, an American law professor who is Jewish, has come to the end of a six-year term in the independent post and the U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to name a successor soon.

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4 comments on “Jewish UN investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

  1. What else would you expect from people whose only source of Biblical truth is the Torah, prophets and psalm and Talmud?

    To ask and keep on asking God to raise up true disciples from among the Jewish culture and from among the Palestinians and other ethnic groups and send them to the powers that rule them seems to me the only solution:

    Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
    38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

    We should also pray He send laborers to all nations too.

    • What else would you expect from people whose only source of Biblical truth is the Torah, prophets and psalm and Talmud?

      I’d expect a lot more then what we see today. From my understanding Michael, the Torah (first 5 books of the old testament) has much to say about how the Jews were to treat others, especially strangers and ‘Aliens’.

      For instance (and there are many more examples);

      Lev 19:33-34 When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. I am the Lord your God

      Deut 10:17-19 – For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt

    • Happened upon this Michael, thought you might like it: a series of Sermons titled, “Jesus and the Torah”

  2. I hope anyone who happened to read this understood my words “Not that it matters”…and the follow-up… “strike that–it matters to God”.

    I was not being sarcastic, but only feeling (again) a deep grief: grief for the contents of (another) such article, and grief that it doesn’t appear to matter to anyone but God.

    You have to admit, most any-time an article concerning the inhumane actions and/or policies concerning Israel is posted, you can, for the most part, hear ‘crickets’.

    Nevertheless, i’ll continue.

    I’m getting old, and have been blogging too long to start “seeking the approval of man”…but rather, “i seek God’s approval”. If i did anything less, “I would not be a servant of Christ” (gal. 1:10)

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