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Israel's contempt for the UN

INTERVIEW / After six years, Canadian lawyer Michael Lynk is leaving his post as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


That day Michael Lynk was appointed to UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, he was banned from entering the country by the Israeli authorities. His semi-annual reports had to be written on the basis of digital meetings, telephone conversations and letters from the areas.

Weakening the fight against real anti-Semitism

As special reports to a country that has illegally occupied foreign land for decades, you must have faced a lot of criticism from official officials in Israel, and perhaps accusations of anti-Semitism?

My two annual reports, one to the UN General Assembly and one to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, were regularly met with comments such as "anti-Semitic" or "borders on anti-Semitism". Yes, I heard it all the time.

But my work is based on international law, and international law must be an independent body between the groups concerned. I have a mandate that especially asks me to look at Israel's occupation of Palestine. So when I hear that I or other solidarity groups are characterized as anti-Semitic, this is a big and sad misuse of the word.

Anti-Semitism is a real. . .

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John Y. Jones
Cand. Philol, freelance journalist affiliated with MODERN TIMES

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