Friday, July 30, 2010

Reuters provides platform for Jew-obsessed UNHRC; conflates Gaza with West Bank; misconstrues UN Covenants (again)

Fabricator Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters files a report on a statement by the (Zionism = Racism) UN Human Rights Committee insisting that Israel lift its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and protect the rights of Palestinian Arabs living in the disputed territories under the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  Note first how Nebehay conflates the "West Bank" -- which may or may not be considered "occupied" under international law depending on whether one accepts the rights of Jews to settle in the territory as per the never-abrogated Mandate for Palestine -- with Gaza, which, by any definition, has not been occupied since Israel evacuated its communities and soldiers in 2005:
Israel maintains that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not apply to the occupied West Bank and Gaza, although it says that the treaty does apply to Jewish settlers there, committee member Christine Chanet said.
Now, let's look at the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  Article 1 of Part 1 states:
The States Parties to the present Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right, in conformity with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
Article 2 of Part 2 of the Covenant states:
Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
As Gaza is governed by Hamas and not a part of Israel's territory, Israel is clearly correct that the country has no obligation to uphold the UN Covenant there.  (We won't comment on Chanet's reported silence on the question of whether Hamas is honoring the principles of the UN Covenant in Gaza).

As for the West Bank, those areas and peoples under Israeli administrative control, i.e., Jewish and Arab residents, do benefit from Israel's observance of the UN Covenant.  Those areas and peoples under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority as per the Oslo Accords are alternatively the responsibility of that Authority.  (Again, no comment apparently from Chanet on the PA's adherence to the principles of the UN Covenant).

Nebehay adds:
"In Israel's written responses to the committee, one could see a total discrimination in the sense that settlers benefited from the pact," she [Chanet] told a news briefing.
which makes perfect sense given the prescriptions of the Covenant.

UPDATE JULY 30, 12:28: Stephanie Nebehay makes a quick, undisclosed edit in her original story inserting this paragraph to follow the tripe we highlight above:
  There are no Israeli settlers in Gaza itself.
Thanks for the clarification, Stephanie.

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