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March 16, 2017

Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories (File photo)

A UN human rights "expert's" report has whitewashed the antisemitic and violent records of so-called "human rights defenders" while criticizing Israel. The report, on the "situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories," submitted by UN "Special Rapporteur" Michael Lynk who has labeled Israel's creation as "ethnic cleansing" is one of five reports being considered at the month-long session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In his report, Lynk lists Palestinian "human rights defenders" who he alleges have faced "interference" with their right to peacefully protest, and "who all engage in non-violent activity." In fact, among those listed are individuals with violent and/or highly antisemitic pasts, none of which is mentioned in Lynk's report:

Issa Amro Charged with 4 counts of attacks on Israelis, including one in which Amro "violently attacked a civilian, forcibly took the victim's camera, and then destroyed the camera by smashing it on the ground, all while while spitting on the victim."

Salah Khawaja Described only as a "member of the secretariat of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee) in Lynk's report, Khawaja is in fact an "an active member of the blacklisted Popular Front Liberation Party,"http://www.ngo-monitor.org/reports/european-funded-ngo-pflp-network] which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

Manal Tamimi Described only as a "leader of a protest movement" and "field researcher" by Lynk, Tamimi is in fact a notorious antisemite and, whose social media accounts are filled with:

Lynk's report concludes with recommendations, including calling on Israel to "[a]ctively combat incitement against the work of human rights defenders," but makes no mention of Palestinian incitement to terrorism, including that of the so-called "human rights defenders" listed in his report.

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