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UN official denounces Jewish lobby’s grip on social networks

A UN human rights expert slammed the Jewish lobby's "control" of social media and questioned Israel's UN membership in an extensive interview with Mondoweiss, published recently.

Published: August 1, 2022, 5:26 am

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    “We are discouraged by social media that is largely controlled by the Jewish lobby or specific NGOs,” said Indian human rights expert Miloon Kothari.

    He is one of three members of the controversial commission, mandated last year by the Human Rights Council to investigate “alleged human rights violations committed in the Palestinian Territories and Israel”.

    The commission, accused of bias by Israel, announced its intention to investigate the Jewish state for the “crime of apartheid”.

    Miloon Kothari accused Israel of disregarding human rights laws and UN resolutions, and of snubbing the commission of inquiry, refusing to cooperate with it and banning it from visiting the country.

    “I will go so far as to raise the question of why they [Israel] are members of the UN,” the expert said. “The Israeli government is not respecting its own obligations as a UN member state,” he added. “It is constantly trying, directly or through the United States, to undermine the mechanisms of the UN.”

    Miloon Kothari said the commission wants to continue to “denounce” the actions of the Jewish state. “Israel has no intention of ending the occupation, and persistent discrimination against Palestinians is at the heart of the systematic recurrence of violations,” he said.

    Anne Herzberg, legal adviser to the NGO Monitor, said Mondoweiss’ interview of Miloon Kothari revealed the extent of the inquiry committee’s anti-Israel bias.

    “Kothari’s outrageous statements add to the extreme prejudice against Israel expressed by the members of the commission before their appointment, and it is clear that they were selected precisely because of these prejudices,” said Herzberg.

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