UN report on Israeli settlements speaks the truth
– but the world refuses to listen
Hamas is not spared criticism: the Islamist militia
in charge of Gaza stands accused of ‘beatings,
arbitrary arrest and detentions, and torture and ill
treatment’ of hundreds of Palestinian protesters.
But the opposition to Lynk is not down to his
By Robert Fisk
November 19, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - He’s a very tall man
with bright eyes and a broad smile, and he holds out
a great paw when he greets you. But Michael Lynk is
no gentle giant.
He may teach human rights law at the Western
University in London, Ontario, but as the UN’s
special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied
West Bank and
Gaza, he has to endure the fury of
Israel and its acolytes abroad – not least in
his native Canada – and, two years ago, even the
enmity of his own country’s foreign minister.
his latest UN report, he reminds readers that
the creation of Israel’s “civilian settlements” in
occupied territory is a breach of the Fourth Geneva
Convention and a “war crime” under the Rome Statute.
So you can see why the 67-year old Lynk, a labour
lawyer by training, has been having a tough time
since his appointment to the voluntary, unpaid UN
post three years ago.
When Lynk was appointed special rapporteur,
Stephane Dion, then Justin Trudeau’s foreign
minister, spotted that UN Watch, a pro-Israeli
lobby, had called Lynk “antisemitic” – the usual
slur for anyone who criticises the actions of
the Israeli government – and suggested that he be
forced to resign. Dion soon lost his foreign
minister’s job and his career went downhill.
Lynk’s went in the other direction. He became a
gadfly to all who stand accused of breaking
international law in the
Hamas is certainly not spared in his report; he
accuses the Islamist militia in charge of Gaza of
“beatings, arbitrary arrest and detentions, and
torture and ill treatment” of hundreds of
Palestinian protestors. But the opposition to him
wasn’t about his even-handedness.
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