Palestinians in Gaza hold up the UN and Palestinian flags, Nov 27, 2019. (Majdi Fathi/TPS) (Majdi Fathi/TPS)
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Watchdog group submits 11,687 items on PA incitement to UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Israel.

By TPS

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which monitors incitement to terrorism and antisemitism spread by and in the Palestinian Authority (PA), submitted 11,687 items to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Commission of Inquiry on Israel’s alleged human rights violations and war crimes.

Last year, the UNHRC established an “ongoing, independent, international commission of inquiry” to investigate Israel. This unprecedented committee is now a permanent UN fixture with a budget of US $ 4,151,800 for the year 2022 alone, that will report to the UN twice every year on Israel’s alleged human rights violations.

“To expose the anti-Israel bias of the commission,” PMW, working in cooperation with Human Rights Voices, submitted 11,687 unique submissions – content from PMW’s website – to the Commission of Inquiry.”

Under its own regulations, the commission, which invited these submissions, must review all PMW’s evidence, and failure to do so will be “additional proof of the one-sided, biased nature of the commission,” PMW noted.

In the submissions, PMW gave “critical evidence demonstrating how the PA indoctrinates Palestinian children to hate, kill, and seek Martyrdom-death, promotes terror, honors mass murderers of children, operates an institutionalized and systematic policy of paying huge financial rewards to terror, promotes vile Antisemitism, and much more.”

The commission is being boycotted and ignored by the Israeli government and some NGOs. Nonetheless, PMW “wants to be able to expose and undermine the commission by supplying it with all the critical evidence proving the PA is the terror supporter and human rights violator, and not Israel,” PMW stated Wednesday.

However, “not wanting to give it any legitimacy and to ensure that the commission will not use PMW’s submissions as “a fig leaf for its anti-Israel designs,” all of PMW’s submissions included a disclaimer: “This submission in itself should not be understood as an endorsement of the inquiry or its mandate.”

PMW’s submissions to the commission made use of the “cloud” service that the UN created specifically for this purpose and advertised on its website.

“The unprecedented anti-Israel scope of the UNHRC resolution and the mandate of the commission makes it clear that the commission was set up for the sole purpose of demonizing Israel,” PMW cautioned. “The UN’s goal is to achieve global support for the delegitimization of the State of Israel, the demonization of Jewish self-determination, and the criminalization of Israeli self-defense”.

The commission has yet to contact PMW on its submissions.

The UN Human Rights Council members include Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Somalia, Nigeria, Qatar, Egypt, Cuba, China, Venezuela, Mauritania, Sudan and Libya.

The UNHRC is infamously biased against Israel, with nearly half of its resolutions focused solely on Israel while it ignores war, strife and atrocities committed around the globe. It passed roughly an equal number of resolutions from 2006 to 2019 condemning Israel and the rest of the world combined.

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