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Francesca Albanese’s distortion of reality

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Current “Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories” Francesca Albanese (Image: Shutterstock)
Current “Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories” Francesca Albanese (Image: Shutterstock)

Algemeiner.com – 12 July

 

Francesca Albanese, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, does not believe in history. She doesn’t even pretend to believe in history.

She also doesn’t believe in facts, in truth and in reality, which explains her latest report, released on Monday to the United Nations, which reads more like a dystopian fantasy novel than a supposedly serious, objective study commissioned by an international world body.

It is a laundry list of falsehoods and libels against the Jewish state, which could easily have been written up by Israel’s worst enemies. And while a report such as this is hardly a surprise coming from someone with a long documented and radicalized anti-Israel agenda accompanied by a healthy dose of antisemitic tropes, it nevertheless cements the UN’s continual descent into the abyss of absurdity where the rules of critical analysis have long since been abandoned. When you further consider that her position is supposedly that of an objective, neutral observer, it seems the circus has truly come to town.

As is typical among those who wish to attack Israel, the report is laced with the kind of emotive language designed to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state.

She refers to Israel as a “settler-colonial” state implying Jews have no ties at all to the land under their control. This is a deliberate ploy, as it portrays Israel as a foreign entity and Israelis as having stolen the land and subjugating the local residents in some kind of colonial project from the 19th century, which was once typical among colonial powers such as the British or French.

More importantly, by entirely erasing the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel – a connection that goes back almost 4000 years, she is deliberately promoting a revisionist view of the world that any serious and credible student of history would or should emphatically dismiss and which existentially challenges the historic bases of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

This very much aligns with other UN organizations like UNESCO or the General Assembly which often pass resolutions ignoring Jewish history.

Using this falsehood as a basis, the report further asserts that Palestinians have “the right to resist an illegal foreign occupier.” By making this statement, she is effectively endorsing and encouraging terrorism, which again is not a surprise, as she made a speech in 2022 to a Hamas-organized conference, telling the attendees, “You have the right to resist this occupation.”

As recently as last week, she gave an interview on Australian radio in which she stated the very presence of Israel in the West Bank is illegal, emphasizing again that any “resistance” to the “illegal occupation” is legitimate and acceptable. She notably refused to use the word “terrorism”, using instead the euphemism of “resistance”. In other words, the stabbing of innocent civilians or the murder of commuters sitting in their cars does not constitute terrorism in her worldview, but legitimate resistance.

At the same time, she maintains that Israel has no right to self-defense, stating that the “unlawfulness of the Israeli occupation negates any legitimate title to exercise authority with respect to Gaza or the West Bank, including east Jerusalem.”

Put simply, what she means is that Palestinians have the right to kill Israelis in terrorist actions, but Israelis don’t have the right to resist those activities.

Her charge that “the entire occupied territory” is an “open-air prison” is also demonstrably false. Israel left Gaza entirely in 2005, withdrawing all military and civilian personnel, including uprooting entire Jewish communities, yet Albanese still considers the territory to be under “military occupation” and that Israel still has obligations as “the occupying power.”

Bizarrely, she even suggests that Israel’s efforts at facilitating a level of Palestinian self-rule have added a layer of repression, stating that since the signing of the Oslo Accords, Palestinian authorities have “contributed to stifling Palestinians’ rights and freedoms.”

And of course, in what has become standard, she accuses Israel of practicing “apartheid” and calls for the International Criminal Court to enable Israelis to be put on trial for the crimes of apartheid.

The entire report is effectively a hate manifesto, accusing Israel of a series of appalling crimes including torture and sexual abuse. It is characterized by a complete lack of context in regard to historical, political and military events, existing in a bubble separate from reality.

The UN’s own rules state that a Special Rapporteur has to be someone who is both neutral and independent, but Francesca Albanese has proven once again, as she has many times before, that she is incapable of serving in any kind of objective capacity in regard to Israel and the Palestinians and this report does nothing for a lasting or peaceful resolution to the conflict but only continues to fan the fuels of hatred even further.

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