No point listening to UN on Palestinians, says High Court Judge

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

The Supreme Court had a nice verdict today, deeming as illegal the Interior Ministry’s policy of deporting anyforeign worker who had a child three months after she gave birth. Retiring Justice Ayala Procaccia, sitting on her last case for the court, called the Interior Ministry’s policy “discriminatory” and ordered it to form procedures that would be in line with Israel’s labor laws.

In her verdict, Judge Procaccia also mentioned a UN report from February which expressed concern over the living and working conditions of female foreign workers in Israel. To this, Justice Elyakim Rubinstein—who also sat at this case—felt an urge to response.

In his section of the ruling, Rubinstein wrote [my bold]:

Even though it is our tendency as Israelis—and rightly so—to be very suspicious of reports from UN human rights institutions, where countries who make a mockery of human rights lecture us on these issues—as if the worse criminals were to become high judges—still, one shouldn’t ignore what was said regarding the issue before us. Maybe, in issues unrelated to the Palestinians, chances to hear words of reason from these institutions are higher.

[h/t to civil rights attorney Yadin Elam, who posted this paragraph on his Facebook wall]

4 Comments on “No point listening to UN on Palestinians, says High Court Judge”

  1. 1 maayan said at 9:01 am on April 14th, 2011:

    Of course he’s wrong, we should be listening very carefully when the GA or the UNHRC or UNESCO or UNWRA condemn us. These bodies represent the height of humanity’s achievements. Yes indeed, these bodies are all about fairness and human rights. That’s why Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Iran and Libya have always been held in high regard by these bodies while Israel has not.

  2. 2 L2P2 said at 12:36 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    Like your blog generally but do think you are misreading the judge here who is saying, however cautiously, that 1.) the UN commission ought to be listened to and then 2.) remarking that it is easier for Israelis to do listen on issues other than the Palestinians. The latter strikes me as an observation of fact.

  3. 3 noam said at 10:33 pm on April 14th, 2011:

    @L2P2: It actually reads the way I described it. he is not describing what Israelis think but his own opinion.

    Coincidently, the day the verdict came out I met one of my law professors in TAU and he read it the same way. Maybe the fault is on my translation. for those who read Hebrew, here is the original:

    הגם שנטייתנו כישראלים, ובצדק גמור על פי רוב, להיות חשדניים עד מאוד כלפי דו”חות מאת גופי זכויות האדם של האו”מ, שלא אחת יושבות בהן ומוכיחות אותנו מדינות שזכויות האדם בהן ללעג ולקלס, משל היו גדולי העבריינים הופכים לשופטי המדינה, בכל זאת אין מקום להתעלם מן הנאמר בנושא דנא; אולי ככל שהמדובר בנושאים שאינם קשורים בפלסטינאים, הסיכוי בגוף מעין זה לגישה שיש בה טעם הוא גדול יות

  4. 4 maayan said at 12:21 am on April 15th, 2011:

    Thanks for the original statement. What he says is 100% accurate, except for his last sentence where he essentially accepts that sometimes one should listen to these UN bodies. It seems evident that if the first part of his statement is true, and it is entirely true – and I challenge you, Noam, to dispute it – then the reality is that whatever comes out of these bodies is going to be tainted. Israel has no choice but to play along, so it does, even as it consistently receives unfair treatment.