Tuesday, June 09, 2009


I filed a 13-page Report, Complaint and Petition detailing the abuses of the Israeli Ministries of Social Affairs and Social Services; Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health against minor children and their families.
I sent them to:
1) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay
2) The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
3) The United Nations Committee against Torture ...
4) The United Nations Committee Against Racial Discrimination

Within minutes, I received this in regard to Complaint 4:

"Dear Mrs Dotan, After careful consideration of the content of your petition (communication/complaint), we sincerely regret having to inform you that the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is not in a position to assist you in the matter you raise, as Israel is not a State Party to the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Please accept our apologies for not replying in a more personal manner. You may understand that, while we appreciate your reasons for writing to us, the existing procedures require that it is ascertained whether certain preliminary criteria are satisfied before proceeding with the examination of a petition. For information about the procedures for the examination of individual petitions on human rights violations, please consult our website: www.ohchr.org, (direct link http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/publications/docs/fs7_r.doc). If you have difficulty accessing our website, please write to the OHCHR, Information Office PW-RS-011, 1211 Geneva 10, and ask for Human Rights Fact Sheets Nos. 7, 12, 15 and 17. Yours Sincerely The Petitions Unit"

That link didn't work for me.

I wrote in response:

Dear Representative of the UN Petitions Unit:

Does the response below relate only to my Report and Complaint of RACIAL DISCRIMINATION Including Against Minor Citizen Children on the Part of the State of Israel?
Or, does it also relate to my Reports, Complaints and Petitions concerning violations on the part of the Israeli government in matters of of the Rights of the Child and Torture?
Israel *is* a signatory to the Pact for the Rights of the Child since 1991.

Thank you sincerely for your concern,

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Within a couple of minutes, I received this:

"Dear Mrs Dotan, This answer relates to your three petitions as Israel isn't a Party to any of the individual petitions mechanisms. Yours Sincerely Petitions Unit"

I wrote them this:

How weak and pathetic the UN is!

You can say "No" to doing justice in minutes.

But you cannot DO justice. You cannot make peace. You cannot save a child.

All of your armies, your technology, your organization – and you are nothing.

You hold only the power of death of the body in your hands.

But you know nothing of the Life of the Spirit.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat