U.N. expert calls for boycott of Israeli settlement products

“This occupation will not die of old age,” Michael Lynk told the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories, attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE)
Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories, attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 18, 2019
(photo credit: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE)
Canadian law professor Michael Lynk, who serves as a Special Rapporteur and advisor to the United Nations Human Rights Council, spoke with the council on Wednesday advocating for a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements. He said that the international community should issue "a clarion call to the United Nations" to release a database "on businesses engaged in activities related to the illegal settlements," the Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday.
Lynk said the situation in the Gaza Strip is "a human-made catastrophe" and "an injustice that should be near the top of the world's agenda to end," according to AP. He went on say Gaza's economic situation "continues to move from dire to acute to unimaginable," citing an unemployment rate of over 50% and described more than half of Gazans as "food insecure."
Lynk said that Israel's "occu-annexation is endlessly sustainable" if the international community did not intervene and hold the country accountable. He claimed the ineffectiveness of "countless resolutions and declarations" serves as the go-ahead for "effective consequences."
"Israel has rightly assessed that the international community – particularly the Western industrial nations – has lacked the political will to compel a complete end to the occupation. As a result, Israel has rarely faced meaningful consequences for its defiant behavior," Lynk told the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday.
Lynk called for "bold measures and the determination to enforce accountability," and an international agreement on "a complete ban on the export of all products made in the illegal Israeli settlements in the world market," AP reported.
“This occupation will not die of old age,” Lynk told told the OHCHR. “This 52-year-old occupation – the longest in the modern world – has been characterized by a strong sense of impunity by the occupying power.”
Lynk said that more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and 33,000 were injured since March 2018 during weekly demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza border, according to AP.
A UN report from March 2019 stated that "Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they  directly  participating  in  hostilities." The report went on to say that, "less lethal  alternatives  remained  available"  and therefore,  "lethal  force  [was] neither  necessary  nor proportionate" and "impermissible."
"Israel has demonstrated virtually no accountability to address these actions," Lynk said, the AP reported.
Israel repeatedly stated that its forces were defending the country against violent infiltration, claiming the demonstrations were masking Gazan terror efforts.
“Palestinians, along with Israelis of conscience, have been asking repeatedly for the international community to act decisively in support of international law to compel Israel to end the occupation and enable Palestinian self-determination. We can’t afford to ignore their call,” Lynk told UN News.