UN investigator charges Israel of apartheid, noting the country’s continued occupation1 min read
The assertion has been strongly contested by Israel and its allies, who accuse the U.N. investigator of prejudice, and it is the first time that a U.N.-appointed investigator has accused Israel of apartheid in such a categorical manner.
Michael Lynk, a United Nations-appointed expert, accused Israel of practising apartheid. He joins an increasing number of foreign, Israeli, and Palestinian human-rights activists. They aim to reframe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a fight for equal rights rather than a territorial battle. The United Nations nominated Lynk, a Canadian law professor, to examine human rights violations in occupied territory.
Israel and its allies have long claimed that Lynk is anti-Israel, which he denies. “No report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be taken seriously if the security challenges and threats faced daily by all Israelis — including the 20% non-Jewish minority — are not taken into account; if the terrorist organisation Hamas, which rules Gaza with an iron fist, is not mentioned or condemned; if the role and legal obligations of the Palestinian Authority towards its own population are not addressed; and if the extreme complexity of the situation is not acknowledged”.