Title

UN Scandal With A Canadian Twist: New Human-Rights Rapporteur Says He’s Not Anti-Israel

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

3-28-2016

Source Publication

National Post

Description

The awkwardly named position of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, has always been controversial.

The past one, Makaram Wibisono, an Indonesian former diplomat, quit earlier this year, saying he failed in his mandate because Israel declined to give him access to the Palestinian territories. His predecessor was Richard Falk, who was widely criticized for anti-Israel extremism.

Now, the office is beset with a curiously Canadian scandal, thanks to the swift condemnation of Michael Lynk, the new Canadian appointee, by Stéphane Dion, Canada’s Foreign Minister, arguably on spurious grounds.