A controversial United Nations commission that is purportedly investigating the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict is holding hearings this week in what the Israeli mission in Geneva called a “kangaroo court.”
From the moment the U.N. Human Rights Council created the group—officially the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel—it has come under fire by Israel, the United States and a host of other U.N. member states.
“Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His anointed” Psalm 2:1-2
They have blasted the commission for several reasons. Among them: The commission has an unprecedented and never-expiring mandate. It has unlimited scope. It covers the entirety of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has an oversized budget and amount of staffing. And, critics note, all three of the commission’s members have been credibly accused of antisemitism and rabid anti-Israel bias.
“The hearings held by the commission of inquiry are yet another kangaroo court, where witnesses are preselected to fit a predetermined narrative against Israel,” Nathan Chicheportiche, a spokesman for the Israeli mission to the United Nations in Geneva, wrote in a statement to JNS.
Last November, the commission held a set of public hearings on the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli counter-terror operation and on Israel’s decision to label six Palestinian non-governmental organizations as terror organizations.
The Israeli government was not invited to speak at either set of hearings. This time, the commission did not even seek evidence from Israel, and it provided Israel with neither the agenda nor a list of topics and speakers for the week, said Chicheportiche.
“There is no transparency at all,” he said.
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