The two governments have been trying to prevent a list of at least 150 local and international companies from becoming public.
The report, issued by a U.N. commission on Western Asia, draws swift criticism from Israeli and U.S. officials.
Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza. Likewise the claim that Hamas uses human shields is unfounded and Israel’s siege of Gaza is missing from media accounts of the cause of the current conflict, he contends.
The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats' and the media's "cynical disregard" for the Palestinian struggle, it's up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.
Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”Desperate Israeli politicians have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”
Richard Falk, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, writes in his annual report that Israeli actions during the recent offensive in Gaza constitute war crimes. Falk, who was denied entry to the region by Israel, says Hamas' human rights record should also be investigated.
Can anyone who is following the Israeli air attacks on Gaza -- the buildings blown to rubble, the children killed on their way to school, the long rows of mutilated corpses, the wailing mothers and wives, the crowds of terrified Palestinians not knowing where to flee, and our callous indifference to this widespread human suffering -- wonder why we are hated?