Jerusalem24 – Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent a letter on Sunday to Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, demanding the immediate impeachment and dissolution of the members of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.
Lapid’s international spokesperson Keren Hajioff said on Thursday that comments made by Miloon Kothari, a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli aggression on Gaza in 2021, “echo the darkest days of antisemitism.” She called for the UN committee to be disbanded.
Kothari stated on a podcast for Mondoweiss last week that a lot of money was being spent on efforts to “discredit” the UN Human Rights Council, which set up the commission, and that social media was “controlled largely by the Jewish lobby.”
He added: “It’s not only governments. We are very disheartened by the social media that is controlled largely by, whether it is the Jewish lobby or specific NGOs. A lot of money is being thrown into trying to discredit us.”
Meanwhile, Kothari questioned why Israel was a UN member: “I would go as far as to raise the question of why [Israel is] even a member of the United Nations. Because […] the Israeli government does not respect its own obligations as a UN member state. They, in fact, consistently, either directly or through the United States, try to undermine UN mechanisms.”
In his letter to Guterres, Lapid requests the Secretary-General “take all necessary measures to bring about the immediate resignation of Ms. Pillay and the other commissioners, and the disbanding of the Commission.”