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Israel Knocked at U.N. Meeting

August 22, 1988
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Speakers at a U.N. human rights convention Friday accused Israel, in the words of one delegate, of flouting “the most fundamental principles of international law.”

Delegates to the U.N.’s subcommission on human rights, which last week considered the plight of Syria’s Jewish population, turned their attention to Israel’s handling of the Palestinian “intifada,” or uprising.

Yves Lausrin, observer for the International Federation of Human Rights, said his organization was “gravely concerned” about human rights violations by Israeli authorities in the administered territories.

The Paris-based International Federation was responsible for launching an appeal to the Syrian government on behalf of that country’s Jews.

Other delegates offering criticism of Israel were representatives from Nigeria, Algeria and the Arab Lawyers Union.

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