Israel elected to UN International Law committee while violating International Law

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A Palestinian is pushed an Israeli policemen amid clashes in Hebron, West Bank, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. A Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis in Jerusalem Saturday before being shot dead by police forces, the latest in a series of stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers that have spread across Israel and the West Bank in the past week. The violence, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli Friday and increasing protests by Israel's own Arab minority, has raised fears of the unrest spiraling further out of control. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

United Kingdom Palestinians and other Arab leaders have condemned a United Nations decision electing Israel to chair one of its permanent committees. On Monday, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Dahon, won the chair of the Legal Committee, which oversees matters related to international law, for the first time in the world-body’s 71-year history. Danon’s candidacy was put to a vote by secret ballot where he picked up 109 votes from the 193 member states.

Prior to the election, PLO executive Dr. Hanan Ashrawi described Israel’s nomination as “getting the wolf to guard the sheep.” A fitting metaphor, perhaps, in view of the fact that the U.N. investigator for human rights violations in Palestine resigned earlier this year after accusing Israel of obstructing his work by denying him repeated access to the territories.

With further jaw-dropping irony — on the same day as Israel’s election — the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) released a report claiming that the main drivers of humanitarian vulnerability in the West Bank and Gaza are directly linked to Israel’s occupation. “Fragmented Lives”uncovers the devastating impact of the ongoing situation (now approaching its 50th year) and states that 4.8 million Palestinians are increasingly vulnerable due to Israel’s violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

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