On 11 May 2022, Michael Lynk, then outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, participated in a virtual speaking event hosted by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC). According to the Facebook page inviting to the event:
The conversation will be exclusively delving into the life, work and recent report on Israeli apartheid by Dr Michael Lynk as the end of his term as UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine draws to a close.
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The debate, which was live-streamed via the PRC Facebook page, was moderated by Nasim Ahmed, a contributor to the Middle East Monitor (MEMO), a UK-based Islamist news portal close to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) and Hamas.
Michael Lynk is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Western University in Ontario, Canada. From 2016 to 2022, he served as ‘United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.” Several Jewish advocacy organizations have criticized Lynk’s work for “inciting language” and claims of Israeli “apartheid.” In his last UN report, published in March 2022, Lynk accused the Jewish state of being a “covetous alien power.”
The Palestinian Return Centre is a UK-based Palestine advocacy group close to Hamas and the GMB. The PRC is also an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, which frequently acts in concert with GMB groups in the UK. Prior reporting by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) on the international Hamas support network has included:
- A May 2021 report that an Irish MP and a member of the Israeli Parliament were among the panelists during an event on Jerusalem organized by a coalition of British GMB and pro-Hamas groups.
- An October 2021 report that a European pro-Palestine conference featured speaking appearances by Hamas and European Muslim Brotherhood leaders and left-wing parliamentarians from several European countries.
- A May 2022 report that Democratic US Congresswoman Marie Newman had spoken at a Chicago pro-Palestine rally organized by a coalition of Palestine advocacy groups that included Hamas support organizations.
- A May 2022 report that two Dutch politicians and a prominent pro-Hamas activist had addressed a pro-Palestine protest in the Hague where anti-Semitic slogans were shouted.
The Hamas charter says it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine,” and a Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons. Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the GMB.
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