UN Human Rights Chief: Israeli annexation plans “illegal”

UN Human Rights Chief: Israeli annexation plans

Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the region will begin formal annexation deliberations on Wednesday, July 1 as part of the American drafted Middle East peace plan that was immediately rejected by Palestinian officials when it was announced in February.

President Trump’s plan would keep Israel in control of a unified Jerusalem as its capital and not require it to uproot any of the settlements in the West Bank. Trump also promised to provide $50 billion in international investment to build the eventual new Palestinian entity and open an embassy in its new state.

The United Nations, however, continued what the Anti-Defamation League has claimed is the organization’s anti-Israel theme, with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issuing a condemnation today of Israel.

"Annexation is illegal. Period... Any annexation, whether it is 30 per cent of the West Bank, or five per cent," Bachelet said. "I am deeply concerned that even the most minimalist form of annexation would lead to increased violence and loss of life, as walls are erected, security forces deployed and the two populations brought into closer proximity."

Bachelet urged Israeli President Netanyahu to listen to his "own former senior officials and generals, as well as to the multitude of voices around the world, warning it not to proceed along this dangerous path."

Bachelet herself has been accused of allowing her office to be co-opted by anti-Semitic activism.

According to UN Watch, "Michelle Bachelet allowed her office to be instrumentalized by the discriminatory BDS movement whose goal is to demonize and delegitimize Israel when she released an unprecedented list of companies doing business with Israeli settlements.

On February 12, 2020, the Office of the High Commissioner published the anti-Israel blacklist, listing 112 companies – 94 of which are Israeli – as violators of human rights due to their business activities with Israeli settlements.

The blacklist had been in the works since 2016 when then UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a database of companies promoting and doing business with Israeli settlements.

Following the blacklist, Israel froze ties with Bachelet and the UN Human Rights Council.