UN Commission Announces Investigation of Israeli ‘Apartheid’

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Human Rights CouncilÊspecial sessionÊon Òthe deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East JerusalemÓ. United Nations Office in Geneva - 18 May 2018. UN Photo / Elma Okic

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A UN commission announced Thursday that it will investigate the allegation that Israel is an “apartheid state,” eliciting strong rebuke from pro-Israel organizations.

“We’re focusing on the root cause, which is the occupation, and part of it lies in apartheid,” said Navi Pillay, a member of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza (COI). “We will be coming to that. That’s the beauty of this open-ended mandate. It gives us the scope.”

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9

Commissioner Miloon Kothari, who in July made comments about the undue influence of a so-called “Jewish lobby” on the media, said the COI would “have to look at issues of settler colonialism.”

“Apartheid itself is a very useful paradigm, so we have a slightly different approach, but we will definitely get to it,” he added.

The COI’s announcement follows the release of its second report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Commission was established last year following the 11-day war between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas group in May. COI is the first UN commission to ever be granted an indefinite period of investigation, which has drawn criticism from the US State Department, members of US Congress, and Jewish leaders across the world.

StandWithUs, a nonprofit that educates the public about Israel and raises awareness of antisemitism, denounced the commission for its anti-Israel bias, at a press conference outside the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday.

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