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ADL Says UN Human Rights Chief Has Accepted 'Hook, Line and Sinker' Palestinian Strategy; Calls Her Report Distorted and Detrimental

New York, N.Y., November 27, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it found the UN Human Rights Chief’s report on conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to be "distorted and detrimental" and was outraged at her anti-Israel accusations and action recommendations. Mary Robinson criticized Israel for excessive force, for acting as a "flashpoint" that provoked Palestinian violence, called for the establishment of an international monitoring body and for the signatories to the Geneva Convention to "assume their responsibility" regarding the use of force in the territories. Ms. Robinson’s report was a result of her trip to the region earlier this month.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

"We are greatly dismayed by the UN Human Rights Chief’s distorted and detrimental report on conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While we all hope that efforts to quell the violence will be successful, Ms. Robinson has accepted hook, line, and sinker the Palestinian strategy to internationalize Israeli-Palestinian relations. There is no need to do so; the violence could stop immediately if the Palestinians chose to stop it and commit to a negotiated settlement with Israel. Indeed, by involving outside countries, the Palestinians are seeking to unseat the United States as the prime facilitator of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and to draw other countries into the conflict who are believed to be more sympathetic to the Palestinian position.

It is unfortunate but not surprising that Ms. Robinson opted to blame the Israeli military and settlements for provoking the Palestinian violence rather than to constructively call for the quelling of the violence on the ground and for the Palestinians to genuinely commit to reconciliation with Israel. Since the outbreak of violence, the United Nations has issued a number of biased resolutions and statements, renewing serious questions about the objectivity of this body."

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