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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