Growing international criticism of UN Human Rights Council’s one-sided historical and legal narrative

By Andrew Tucker, Program Director, thinc. Earlier this week in Geneva, 22 UN member states (coordinated by the United States) signed a statement to the UN Human Rights Council expressing very strong legal and policy concerns with the establishment in 20221 of the Council’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) into Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The occasion…

The International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands (source: Oseveno)

The ICC’s controversial ruling on “Palestine” – pushing the boundaries of law

Late Friday 5th February 2021, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) made its long-awaited decision on the question whether it has “jurisdiction” to prosecute Israeli and Palestinian leaders for crimes committed “on the territory of Palestine”. The decision is extremely controversial and pushes the boundaries of international law.

Serbia Agrees to Move its Embassy to Jerusalem; Kosovo Agrees to Recognize Israel

In a remarkable ceremony in the White House on 4th September 2020, presided over by US President Trump, Serbia and Kosovo signed agreements to normalize their economic relations. The US-brokered agreements were hailed by the US President as “historic”. In reality they do not constitute a comprehensive “normalization” agreement, but resemble little more than an agreement to carry out a list of previously-agreed projects.