He Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized this Tuesday the UN International Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which today considered that the Israeli authorities are allowing the expansion of colonies in Palestine to perpetuate their occupation.
Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, noted that one of the UN member states recently recognized that the boycott of Israel is legitimate and that it supports organizations that attack that country.
“For us, anti-Jewish boycotts are reminiscent of Glass Breaking, the destruction of Jewish businesses and synagogues, the prelude to the Holocaust,” Samuels said.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center warned that support for attacks against Israel actually provides the means of terrorism against Jews and non-Jews in Israel and the entire Diaspora.
In addition, he harshly criticized the UN commission of inquiry, which he accused of being “a partial hate machine, with a flow of money, that unleashes violence.”
“Two fathers of the UN, René Cassin (Declaration of Human Rights) and Raphael Lemkin (Genocide Convention) took the Jewish perspective of ‘Never Again’, that no Jew will feel insecure as long as the Jewish State of Israel exists and defends their lives and rights”, said the Simón Wiesenthal Center in a statement.
The organization views the UN commission as a poison pill against peace, accusing it of espousing violence, terror and anti-Semitism.
“We ask the member states of the Human Rights Consulate to publicly denounce the commission and focus on the path of peace”, added the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
For her part, the president of the UN International Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Navi Pillayexpressed concern about the deterioration of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in recent weeks.
“In 2023, the Israeli authorities have continued to deprive Palestinians of their identity, their land and their livelihoods in the West Bank, including the expansion of illegal settlements with the aim of further advancing the occupation and in permanent annexation,” Pillay said in his speech to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The commission chaired by the South African judge -who was UN high commissioner for human rights between 2008 and 2014- investigates the humanitarian situation in Israel and Palestine since 2021.
In addition to Pillay, the other members of the commission are Australian Chris Sidoti and Indian Miloon Kothari.
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