Thursday, July 30, 2009

HRW Plays Prominent Role at UN Mini-Durban Conference

On July 22-24, 2009, the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held an NGO conference “to discuss questions related to Israeli violations of international humanitarian law.” The context of Palestinian attacks was not on the agenda. Timed to coincide with the Goldstone investigation, the event reflects the ongoing legal warfare instigated by NGOs in response to the Gaza conflict.

Highlights of the report include:

Speakers in this entirely one-sided NGO event included Bill Van Esveld (HRW), Ron Yaron from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), Yizhar Be’er (Keshev), Fatmeh El Ajou (Adalah), and Daphna Golan, co-founder of B’Tselem, and researcher at the Minerva Center for Human Rights of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem..
Human Rights Watch’s participation reflects the organization’s bias and the absence of professionalism in its Middle East activities.
Most NGO representatives expressed support for “lawfare” cases in European courts and international forums against Israeli military and government officials.
A Palestinian speaker accused Jews of “buying everything” and controlling a “global machine, money,” and another expressed “extreme disappointment” that Palestinian war crimes were even mentioned in passing.
Other speakers included Raji Sourani of the EU-funded PCHR (and vice-president of FIDH); John Dugard, former UN rapporteur, and leader of the Arab League’s “fact finding” mission that accused Israel of “genocide” and “war crimes”; and Pierre Galand, a Belgian anti-Israel activist.
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