This is the latest “wisdom” coming out of the UN, which can rightly be characterized as an organization devoted to the destruction of Israel and the United States:
The UN Human Rights Council has passed a resolution demanding a halt to Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip. [UN Human Rights Council member nations include such bastions of freedom and democracy as Indonesia, Pakistan, China, Cuba, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia — to name only a few of those nations that have a slight problem with the concept of individual rights.]
Twenty-nine of the council’s 47 member states backed the resolution, 11 voted against, five abstained and two members were absent.
The recently-formed council also said it would send a fact-finding mission to investigate the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories.
It will be led by John Dugard, a UN special rapporteur on human rights.
Israel, backed by the US and European countries, has accused the UN council of bias, because it did not also criticise violence perpetrated on the Palestinian side. [Kudos to the European countries for a rare moment of decency — probably driven by the fact that, while Israel is not rising in Europe’s estimation, the non-stop jihadist attacks on Europe are sinking the Palestinians in Europe’s eyes.]
On Wednesday, Mr Dugard said Israel was violating the most fundamental norms of humanitarian and human rights law in its actions in Gaza.
Its military operation violated prohibitions on collective punishment, intimidation, while last week’s arrest of officials from the governing Hamas movement appeared to constitute hostage-taking that was prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, Mr Dugard said. [Mr. Dugard seems unperturbed by the fact that the Palestinian state has been engaged in little bitty activities like aiming missiles at schools and communities, blowing up civilians, tunneling into Israel to murder and kidnap her citizens, and torturing to death those Israelis unfortunate enough to end up in Palestianian hands (an act completed with a blood soaked public celebration).
Dugard also seems to suffer from the same ignorance as our own Supreme Court, in believing that signatories to the Geneva Convention are obligated to comply with its requirements when doing battle against terrorist organizations that are not signatories to, nor do they abide by, the Geneva Convention.]
“I am concerned with the law. And here it is clear that Israel is in violation of the most fundamental norms of humanitarian law and human rights law,” he Mr Dugard said. [See above.]
The resolution, which was brought by Islamic states, expressed “grave concern at the violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people caused by the Israeli occupation, including the current extensive Israeli military operations”. [See above.]
The United States, which is only an observer at the Council, called the resolution a wasted opportunity.
“A historic opportunity to address the human rights situation in a fair, equitable and balanced way has instead resulted in an unbalanced effort to single out and focus on Israel alone,” US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Warren Tichenor said.
Israel’s ambassador, Itzhak Levenon said: “We find ourselves in an absurd situation in which the Human Right Council convened into urgent session ignores the rights of one side and holds a special meeting to defend the rights of the other side”.
However, the Palestinian representative, Muhammad Abu Koash called it a “very mild and diluted resolution”.
“While we gather here in this hall, Israeli tanks are moving and shelling Palestinians, the office of our parliament has been besieged by Israeli troops,” he told the Council. [See above.]