Palestinian News Report: Arab League head slams Israel’s nomination to chair UN committee


Arab League Secretary General singles out Israel as regularly violating int’l law and should not be eligible as chair of the UN General Assembly 6th Committee.

By i24news


Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said Sunday that he rejected the nomination of Israel as chair of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, which is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly, the Palestinian Wafa news agency reported Sunday.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby – Photo: AFP /YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Elaraby told representatives of the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) that it was unreasonable for Israel to head the committee, arguing that the country has regularly committed illegal acts, including construction of the border fence, violations of Palestinian human rights, and daily arrest of children and women, as well as the practice of administrative detention. Elaraby further argued that Israel commits violations of international and humanitarian law on a regular basis and should not be eligible to chair the committee.

Israel is one of the non-permanent members of the WEOG.

A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Hanan Ashrawi, slammed the nomination on Wednesday, as reported in Press TV.

Ashrawi told the WEOG it was  “making a mockery of the international legal system and rewarding Israel for its flagrant violations of international law and acts of collective punishment and violence.”


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