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German FM warns that Israel's failure to attend the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review would cause the country severe diplomatic damage

AFP , Sunday 27 Oct 2013
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Germany has warned Israel to attend a periodic UN human rights review on Tuesday or face "severe diplomatic damage", Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

Israel cut all ties with the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in March 2012, after it announced it would probe how Israeli settlements may be infringing on the rights of Palestinians.

"On Friday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle sent a personal letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that Israel's failure to attend the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review would cause the country severe diplomatic damage and Israel's allies around the world would be hard-pressed to help it," Haaretz wrote.

"Westerwelle's letter to Netanyahu was delivered to Emmanuel Nahshon, deputy chief of the Israeli embassy in Berlin, with the instruction that the prime minister receive it as soon as possible," the daily added, without naming its source.

Netanyahu's office had no comment when questioned by AFP.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a decision on whether to attend Tuesday's Geneva meeting was likely to be taken later Sunday.

On January 29, Israel became the first country to boycott a council review of its human rights record.

But in June it said it would like to re-engage with the body, which has 47 state members.

The Jewish state has come under widespread criticism for ramping up its construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, including in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

Israel has long accused the Human Rights Council of singling it out, noting that it is the only country to have a specific agenda item dedicated to it at every meeting of the council, and that the body has passed an inordinate number of resolutions against it.

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THOMASWADAMS
29-10-2013 02:55pm
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ANTI SEMITISM
Greetings, Israel continues to commit unlawful punishment and crimes against Humanity upon the Palestinian Peoples. It matters not, to me, what religion law breakers profess to follow; oppression, apartheid, occupation, theft of land, destruction of property, denial of Human Rights, murder, all of these are criminal acts deserving International sanction and punishment. Religion is irrelevant; these criminal acts originate in the decisions of Government. World opinion is near unanimous on this point; Israel is criminally culpable in the occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Peoples from the land which is their birthright. The Palestinian Peoples are an integral part of the great Diaspora of “Semites”; they have a claim to the land that none of the incoming immigrants can match. I call upon members of the United Nations Security Council together with The General Assembly, to re-affirm the many past resolutions condemning Israel, and to institute lawful effective procedures, by force if necessary, to remove all settlers from land internationally recognised as the State of Palestine. Further, that the United Nations creates a peace keeping force to stay with Palestine until Palestine is peacefully established. Regards, THOMAS W. ADAMS.
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Akram abu 'Abs
29-10-2013 09:58am
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Inordinate Number of Resolutions
Maybe, just maybe, the inordinate number of resolutions passed against this colonial enterprise relates to the inordinate number of violations of human rights by them over the past since the Stern Gang, IRGUN, LEHI and Palmach terrorist gangs started their ethnic cleansing in 1928! A country founded on terrorism will never see their first centenary!
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Ghazy M. Kader
29-10-2013 12:01am
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Israel is untouchable
Israel was created by UN 181 and functions separate from all other states in the world. Israel operates on its own rules and isn't obligated to abide by international rules. UN 181 was in acted inspite of the objections by the Palestinians and should be declared a violation of the UN Charter
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abdulrahman
27-10-2013 05:47pm
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EU Actions - Unseen US Hands
The longer Israel persists with its current policy in the occupied territories the more its going to lose. As a nation,it may have a record of economic and military successes and stand mighty among its neighbors, it cannot survive without US and Europe as it allies. The future leaders of Europe may have relations with Israel but with the current style Israeli behavior, they will no longer be allies.They would not like to be made stupid. As such would have very different perception and policy as opposed to the US as far as Israel is concerned. The fate which seems to be very much within the Israeli control may not be so in the longer term.Even the US cannot guarantee the same policy to be still place in a hundred years later. Fairness and justice to the Palestinians will be a definite guarantee for the future of Israel.
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