Senior UN official blasted for floating Israel’s suspension from the world body

Michael Lynk, is under fire for the adoption, Israel could be exposed to his status as a member state of the UN.

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EXCLUSIVE – A un human rights expert is under fire after suggesting, Israel would have its member status in the world body suspended over alleged violations of international law.

Michael Lynk, of the special Rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the remarks at a side event during a July session of the Human Rights Council — the controversial panel of the United States withdrew from the last month.

Audio of the event “human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories: a Systematic breaches were to go Unpunished,” the challenge of Fox News from NGO Monitor-a Jerusalem-based research Institute in the analysis of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to advance humanitarian agendas.

In this audio, Lynk describes Israel as an “illegal residents”, and says: “the international community has not only the ability but also the responsibility and duty to [the settlements] to the end.”

He then goes on to say that it is “a set of tools”, the use of the international community, to Israel back in line.

Lynk speak, in the July event.


“It can mean reviewing or suspending Israel’s rights as a state member in the United Nations,” he says. “It may mean that the countries of the world, especially those with important trade or political relations with Israel, would spheres in the review of their relations with Israel in military, political, diplomatic and economic investment. It may mean that Israel in front of some forms of limitations in their abilities to wind-up the trade.”

Lynk was appointed by the controversial U. N. Human Rights Council in 2016. While the Rapporteur as Lynk serve on a voluntary basis and are not employees of the U. N., with technical and logistical assistance through the office of the High Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR), are very influential within the U. N. human rights system and are responsible for the preparation of reports on behalf of the U. N.

The Israeli Ambassador, Danny Danon, said that his last proposal was “another reason why the [Mrr] lost its credibility.”

“The U. N. must end his habit of offering the Palestinians an excuse to not deal with us directly,” Danon said in a statement to Fox News. “Mahmoud Abbas knows that actions like this does nothing to encourage peace; in fact, it actively works against them, and promotes the incitement and culture of hatred. This is another reason why the HRC has lost its credibility.”


In a report on the Lynk, NGO Monitor claimed, he has partnerships with organizations over alleged links to terrorist groups and the promotion of BDS (Boycott, divestment, sanctions) campaign for a boycott of Israel.

Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor U. N. expert, told Fox News that the statement shows, Lynk is “unqualified for his role.”

“It is completely inappropriate for a U. N. official charged with independent assessment of human rights to behave in such a partisan way, and speaks to the inappropriate close partnerships with and confidence in the radical anti-Israel groups,” she said. “As long as he affected to continue in his position, Lynk, the legitimacy of the entire U. N.”

In a response to Fox News, Lynk stood by his comments and said, you are speaking to “the importance of the position, that the Nations obey international law and that effective action by the international community to curb the illegal behavior by UN member States.”

He said that Israel is in “direct contradiction” of more than 40 U. N. security Council resolutions, including resolutions condemning the construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“What should be done, with relation to member States that much to the work of a body of the resolutions of the UN security Council, in contrast to its responsibilities under the Charter and as a occupying power?”, he said. “If this behavior is ignored, then the offending member-state will certainly take that as a license to continue to the forbidden action, and the status of international law is degraded.”

“If it is clear that Israel did not fulfill the intention of, with the repeated orientation of the international community, which are then considered other measures in the remediation actions menu to and applied,” he said, adding that similar measures as used successfully against other States.

Both Israel and the United States to fight against alleged anti-Israel bias in the world body. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley cited anti-Israel bias as one of the many reasons for the US withdrawal from the Human Rights Council, calling the body “a protector of human rights abuse and a cesspool of political stripes.”

The outgoing High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has made repeated headlines for its criticism of Israel and also President of the Trump.

Zeid’s replacement is due to be announced within the next couple of weeks, and the appointment is seen as an opportunity by the U. N. to tone down some of his harsher rhetoric against Israel and the USA

Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.

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