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Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

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Diplomats in Jerusalem and Geneva "were embarrassed by their inability to answer questions about the decision from reporters and foreign diplomats."

Israel's not an HRC member. It doesn't matter either way. An unnamed "senior source" said "we will not allow visits from HRC members to Israel, and our ambassador has been instructed not to even answer phone calls from them."

"The Human Rights Council secretariat and the commissioner, Navi Pillay, led the move to establish the investigative committee on settlements, which is why we will not work with them anymore or appear before the council."

Austria and Belgium were the only EU nations voting yes. Israel responded by summoning their ambassadors to the Foreign Ministry for reprimands. Israel's Deputy Director-General for Europe Rafi Shotz said:

"You assisted the politicization of the Human Rights Council and enabled a decision that will make only worsen relations between Israel and the Palestinians."

Israeli lawlessness is egregious and longstanding. When criticized, it responds provocatively or like Captain Renault expressing shock about gambling at Rick's from the film Casablanca - as Emile hands him his winnings and he thanks him.

It also retaliates against Palestinians unable to contest its abusive power. On March 25, Haaretz headlined, "Israel mulls ways to penalize PA in wake of UN human rights probe," saying:

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Sanctions are being considered, including freezing tax revenues to deprive the PA of vital funds needed to provide basic services. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz support the move.

Senior Foreign Ministry officials and others close to Netanyahu said HRC panel members are barred from entering Israel. Expect their investigation to proceed anyway.

Al Haq welcomed it, saying:

Israel's refusal to cooperate "begs the question of what (it's) afraid the fact-finding mission will reveal."

No matter. International support is essential. It's mostly needed to implement recommendations "without delay." Otherwise expect another futile exercise like so many previous ones. 

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Words without teeth are worthless. Israel's further emboldened to dominate ruthlessly, act violently, obstruct justice, prevent Palestinian self-determination, and assure peace process hypocrisy continues.

For decades, Israel remained unaccountable. It "benefit(s) from a climate of impunity, while the international community" yawns and does nothing. It's high time that changed.

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Israel has made itself into an isolated mil... by JohnWV on Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 5:40:48 AM