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  • Israeli exceptionalism at the United Nations

    Israeli officials mistakenly dismiss criticism as the product of an ‘anti-Israel bias.’ But when a state agrees to uphold certain universal human rights and then fails to do so in practice, it would be unfair for the international community to not criticize that state. By Brad Parker Last month, Israel ended a 20-month boycott of the United Nations Human Rights Council when Israeli officials participated in the Universal Periodic Review, a process where every UN member state has their human rights record reviewed before the council. The process is designed “to ensure equal treatment for every country” by assessing each country based on the same…

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  • UN Human Rights Council: Settlement issue could end up in the International Criminal Court

    Unprecedented report calls for UN Member States "to assume their responsibilities in their relationship to a State breaching peremptory norms of international law." The United Nations Human Rights Council has published its fact finding mission's report on the settlements. The report concludes that Israeli settlements are constructed for the benefits of Jews only through a system of ethnic segregation and military law, and are in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territory by the occupying force. According to the report: Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention,…

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  • Mavi Marmara report shows how Israel investigates itself

    Today's state comptroller's report on the deadly 2010 flotilla raid treats it as a bureaucratic issue with no moral dimension. There's so much to say about the raid on the Turkish flotilla bound for Gaza two years ago, so much that has been said, and what's the big, long-awaited, explosive indictment in today's state comptroller's report on the event? "The prime minister's decision-making was made without proper coordination, documentation, or preparation..." He didn't hold enough meetings, or he didn't hold the right kind of meetings.  He didn't "internalize' the defense establishment's warnings that there would be violent resistance on board. Would it have changed anything if Bibi had…

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  • Voices of People III: 'To make peace, build on what works'

    Dahlia Shaham: "Two states may be the right format for a sustainable political arrangement… But to think that this separation is like a divorce is to live in a world that doesn’t exist. No political border can separate people that way" Dahlia Shaham is a professional over-achiever. She grew up in Haifa and served in a legendary, slightly secretive IDF unit. She completed a law degree (LLB) at Hebrew University, worked as an analyst and team leader on social and economic affairs at the Reut Institute, a policy think-tank, and then did a Master of Law and Diplomacy in international political economics at…

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