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UNRWA Jordan Deletes Employees’ Incitement
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:58 PM

The following pages related to UNRWA Jordan employees and institutions have either been deleted, or have deleted posts, after UN Watch exposed them in a series of reports. These can be found here and here.       Deleted: A post by Adnan Serdanah, who identifies himself on his Facebook profile as an UNRWA employee, shared a video of a song calling for an attack on Tel Aviv. (Screenshot available here)             Deleted: Hussam Khattib, who identifies himself on his Facebook profile as a teacher at UNRWA, shared a propaganda video from terrorist group Islamic Jihad. (Screenshot available here, here and here)             Deleted: Yousef Elayyan, who identifies himself on his Facebook profile as an account officer at UNRWA, published a graphic Hamas propaganda video. (Screenshot available here)         Deleted: Mohammed Al Jowhary of Jordan (aka Mohammad Jumah Al Jawhary), who identified himself on his Facebook Profile as an UNRWA teacher. His page contained numerous examples of the violent incitement on Mr. Jowahary’s Facebook timeline, as well as posts that use Jihadist language to describe those attacking Israelis as victims and sacred martyrs. (Screenshot available here and here)       Deleted: UNRWA Jordan Schools page Deleted: UNRWA Jordan posts an image that erases Israel from the map, the opposite of education for peace and co-existence. Image 1 (Screenshot available here.) Deleted: UNRWA Jordan posts another image that erases Israel from the map. Image 2 (Screenshot available here) Deleted: UNRWA Jordan posts an image of an UNRWA student wielding a knife in the classroom, while wrapped in a keffiyeh. As revealed in the …

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Western U. Response Disregards Discriminatory Effect of Support For Michael Lynk’s UN Mandate
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:02 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GENEVA, July 25, 2017 – The Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch expressed disappointment today that the reply from the president of the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Amit Chakma, fails to address the concerns detailed in our letter last week concerning its support for the discriminatory UN mandate held by Michael Lynk. UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer issued the following statement: 1. Lynk’s Mandate is Uniquely Discriminatory: President Chakma says that 10 other universities provide in-kind support to UN experts. But he misses the point: Lynk’s mandate is different from all other mandates. Whereas the UNHRC’s mandates on, for example, Cambodia, Eritrea, and Iran — which received in-kind support from the universities of Newcastle, Pretoria, and CUNY — direct those Special Rapporteurs to report on all human rights violations in the respective countries, Lynk’s mandate is unique. It’s the only mandate that expressly does not treat all human rights victims equally. Israelis are subjected to overt discrimination. Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis, such as the Friday night gruesome murder of Yosef Salomon, his daughter Chaya and son Elad, are disregarded under Lynk’s mandate, which focuses exclusively on “Israel’s violations.” Lynk’s mandate denies protection for Israelis whose right to life is violated, and it denies protection for Palestinians victimized by Hamas and Palestinian Authority torture, arbitrary detention, and religious persecution. 2. Effect vs. Intent: Whatever the intent, Western has now been put on notice that its in-kind support — as disclosed to the UN by none other than Michael Lynk — has the effect of …

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U.N. Palestine monitor calls for moves to challenge Israel’s membership in world body
Monday, July 24, 2017 1:14 AM

Michael Lynk, the U.N. Special Rapporteur tasked with investigating alleged Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, told an international conference that the U.N. should examine Israel’s “status and membership” in the organization, whose resolutions the Jewish state “persistently defies.” In the 1980s, Iran, Libya and Syria were among several Arab and Muslim countries which introduced annual motions to deny Israel’s credentials in the U.N. General Assembly. Speaking by via Skype, Lynk addressed a conference last week in Baku, Azerbaijan, organized by the U.N.’s Palestinian division, together with the 56-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation. “The United Nations General Assembly is in a position to commission legal studies designed to bring Israel into compliance with the United Nations’ body of resolutions on Jerusalem,” said Lynk. These studies should include a “legal study into the status and membership of a UN member that persistently defies the direction of the Security Council and/or the General Assembly.” When Lynk was asked about violations of human rights law and humanitarian law committed by parties other than Israel, he said that “while his own mandate did not currently extend to such violations, he was considering recommending such an extension to the Human Rights Council.  It would ultimately be up to that body to do so,” he said. Lynk’s prepared remarks Q&A  

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Canada’s Western University supporting anti-Israel U.N. mandate of Michael Lynk
Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:49 PM

University of Western Ontario backs anti-Israel mandate of its law professor Michael Lynk (above) Click here for Change.org petition Letter from UN Watch to University of Western Ontario President Click here for PDF Amit Chakma President & Vice-Chancellor Stevenson Hall, Suite 2107 London, Ontario N6A 5B8 Canada July 20, 2017 Re:      Cease and Desist Support for Discriminatory UN Mandate Dear President Chakma, We are shocked to discover that the University of Western Ontario, for the past 14 months, has been providing assets in kind to support the UN Human Rights Council’s permanent, politicized, and prejudicial investigation into “Israel’s violations” of “the principles and bases of international law”—a notoriously discriminatory mandate that turns a blind eye to both Palestinians and Israelis victimized by human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. Your university’s inexplicable support for this anti-human rights mandate is revealed in a UN report citing a disclosure by Western law professor Michael Lynk, who in 2016 was named “UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.” Western provided Mr. Lynk with “support in kind” in the form of “research assistants, office space and admin assistance” to support his prejudicial mandate. Please note: other than Western, no other entity in the world is listed as providing assets of any kind for this bigoted mandate. See A/HRC/34/34/Add.1 at 39. Western’s support for this discriminatory and anti-human rights mandate constitutes a violation of the university’s Institutional Principles and Values—including those of “integrity”, “fairness” and the “commitment …

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UN chief opposes ESCWA’s ongoing ‘Israel apartheid’ slurs
Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:56 AM

Transcript: Question: Yes. As you know, the ESCWA [Economic and Social Commission for West Asia] agency’s so-called Israel apartheid report was removed last March from the website as per the direction of the UN Secretary-General, but the non-governmental organization UN Watch is reporting that that agency’s official website and social media posts are replete with references to “apartheid”, accusations against Israel. Gives a whole number of examples. So, I’m wondering, number one, you know, whether anyone in the Secretariat is responsible for monitoring as a follow-up to the Secretary-General’s direction and… and whether, in fact, if this charge by UN Watch is true, the corrective action will be taken to further implement the Secretary-General’s direction to remove references to “apartheid” on an official UN website in relation to Israel. Thank you. Deputy Spokesman: Well, just to remind you that that report that was issued earlier this year was not a report of the Economic and Social Commission on West Asia, but was by independent experts, and we don’t have any relationship to them. Regarding the group itself, ESCWA, as you know, it is now under a new leadership, and we would trust that the new leadership of the Economic and Social Commission will be in charge of monitoring their communications to make sure that those are in line with UN policies. Question: Well… follow-up to that. First of all, I believe that report, as I recall, was issued under… at least allegedly, under the auspices of the UN, which is what apparently upset the Secretary-General, that …

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Human Rights Violations Ignored by UN Palestine Rapporteur Michael Lynk
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:57 PM

MYTH: Michael Lynk, whose U.N. title is “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,” examines the situation of human rights in that area, concerning any victims, Palestinians and Israelis alike. Example:  “The work that Michal Lynk is doing and the work required by his office is to report on and monitor the state of human rights in the occupied territories.” —Sir Geoffrey Bindman, 13 June 2017 FACT:  Contrary to what his title says, Michael Lynk does not examine the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. Rather, his mandate from the U.N. Human Rights Council—which he embraces—is to investigate only “Israel’s violations.” The U.N. title, which implies neutrality as to the identity of the victim or perpetrator of human rights violations, is deceptive. In fact, the mandate turns a blind eye to both Palestinians and Israelis victimized by human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and others. A more accurate title of Lynk’s position might be “Special Rapporteur on Israel’s violations in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” (For more, see “Mandate to Discriminate,” UN Watch report, March 2016.) Since Michael Lynk was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2016, he delivered a report to the General Assembly in October 2016, a report to the Human Rights Council in April 2017 and a series of press releases and statements. In none of these does he mention human rights abuses by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas or other Palestinian groups against either Palestinians or Israelis. Following are the categories of human rights …

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‘Israeli Apartheid’ Alleged at U.N. Women’s Day in Beirut
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:50 AM

2017 International Women’s Day United Nations ESCWA headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon In presence of international diplomatic community Then ESCWA chief Rima Khalaf kicked off 2017 International Women’s Day in Beirut beneath photo of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whose remarks were read out at the opening.  Translated excerpts from remarks of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf. on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 6 March 2017 “At 10 o’clock on a rainy night, an officer of the Israeli occupying forces knocked on the door of Wisal, Um Nabil, in the village of Deir Ghassaneh in northern Ramallah. He ordered her to surrender her two sons whom he had come to arrest, adding: ‘Dress them warmly in this cold, you won’t see them again.’” “Wisal answered: ‘I will see them again. They will grow up. They will get married and they will have children. But you won’t see the end of the year.’ This event took place in 1982. Today, Wisal recounts the story surrounded by her children and grandchildren. The officer’s fate is unknown.” “His Excellency Affairs Jean Oghassapian, Minister of State for Women s Affairs in Lebanon; Eminent artist Ms. El-Roumy; Your Excellencies; Colleagues; Distinguished audience: With this story emboying the solidity of our women even in calamities, I begin International Women’s Day. And my address to you today is the last from this rostrum.” “Those engaged in official duties in our region, like me and many of you, know that they enjoy greater freedom when distanced from officialdom; and when liberated from censorship, self-imposed not out of fear but to …

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Report: U.N.’s Mideast Agency Obsessed with ‘Israeli Apartheid’
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:44 AM

This week U.N. chief Antonio Guterres swore in Iraqi ambassador Mohammed al-Hakim as director of ESCWA in Beirut. Report on U.N. Social Media Posts Accusing Israel of ‘Apartheid’ Study of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – ESCWA Executive Summary UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres just swore in a new head of ESCWA, the UN regional agency for the Middle East that is composed of 18 Arab states, and based in Beirut. Israel has been excluded from the time the agency was founded four decades ago. In March, Mr. Guterres rightly took action to remove ESCWA’s unauthorized publication of a politicized report—co-authored by Richard Falk, a discredited former UN official who was condemned by Ban Ki-moon for promoting 9/11 conspiracy theories—that demonized Israel as an “Apartheid” state. As stated by Mr. Guterres, the Executive Secretary of ESCWA is “a representative of the Secretary-General.” As such, Mr. Guterres is obliged to uphold UN discipline regarding posts that single out a member states in contravention of the UN Charter. ESCWA Speeches and Posts Demonizing Israel Despite Mr. Guterres’ clear and unequivocal stand in March, numerous ESCWA webpages, Facebook posts, and tweets continue to display this same “Israel Apartheid” slur. For example, on 6 March, Mr. Guterres’ then-representative Rima Khalaf abused the occasion of International Women’s Day at UN House in Beirut—with Mr. Guterres’ photo on display, and right after his message was read—to attack “the Israeli apartheid regime.” A room full of UN officials heard it, yet failed to object. Ms. Khalaf is gone, yet …

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Cuba’s propaganda blitz; Shame on UNHRC & Virginia Dandan for enabling lies
Sunday, July 16, 2017 11:59 PM

U.N. human rights council expert Virginia Dandan visited Cuba this past week and said she did not meet with any opposition members because “I do not know what you mean by opposition. I honestly do not know who is in opposition.” Cuban dissidents now call her “the expert who does not ask questions.” As human rights activist John Suarez notes, Ms. Dandan claimed that asking questions about political prisoners were outside of the scope of her mandate. “I am in Cuba with the purpose of observing the activities of international solidarity of the Government.” No one should be surprised: Cuba denies real UN experts entry into the country. They will never allow in the experts on freedom of speech, assembly, independence of the judiciary, or arbitrary detention. Instead, every 10 years, to pretend that they are cooperative members of the UNHRC, they let in an expert whom they know will not be critical of the regime in any meaningful way. In 2007, UN expert Jean Ziegler, a long-time admirer of Castro and Qaddafi, made an overt propaganda visit to Cuba, documented here by UN Watch. Virginia Dandan does not have a real human rights position. She is the “independent expert on human rights and international solidarity,” one of several anti-Western mandates at the UNHRC created by Cuba. This post was created by the old Commission on Human Rights in 2005; Cuba was the lead sponsor. Co-sponsors included North Korea, Iran, Qaddafi’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Assad’s Syrian Arab Republic, and Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. No joke. We urge UN officials not to …

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Exposing Venezuela’s U.N. lies on hunger
Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:34 PM

 After Venezuela told lies to cover up the mass hunger in the country, Hillel Neuer of UN Watch took the floor to respond: United Nations Watch Oral Statement for Item 3: General Debate 35th Session, Human Rights Council, June 14, 2017 Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer Mr. President, the Non-Aligned Movement urges a focus on economic and social rights. And so we ask: Are council members respecting the human right to be free from hunger? Let us begin by examining the Venezuela, Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement. Now, this council’s expert, Jean Ziegler, has praised Venezuela for its “wonderful ending of hunger”. Yet the truth is the complete opposite. Venezuelan children are experiencing acute malnutrition — well above the WHO’s 10 percent threshold for a food crisis. Families are adopting emergency strategies used during famine in war-torn countries. Thirty-four percent are either selling assets to buy food, eating from garbage bins, or sending a child to beg for food. Mr. President: For the millions of Venezuelans who can’t get enough to eat, why has this Council failed to call a single special session or urgent debate? For the millions of Venezuelans who can’t get enough to eat, why has this Council failed to adopt a single resolution? For the millions of Venezuelans who can’t get enough to eat, why has this Council’s expert on hunger, Ms. Hilal Elver, failed to request a single visit to Venezuela or to issue a single press release? Mr. President, where is the right to food mandate, whose sponsor here in this Council …

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