GENEVA: An international inquiry into human rights violation and crimes has been launched by the United Nations on Wednesday to probe the Israeli militants’ offensive in the Gaza Strip.
The UN Human Rights Council denounced the Israeli attack which had involved “unequal and indiscrimination attacks,” containing aerial bombing of civilian area, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians.
The session concluded with a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the US) with 17 abstained (including all nine European Union members).
“We came here to try to achieve together with you at least minimum justice for children who are being dismembered, for women whose bodies are lying in the streets, to find some justice for those who are being exterminated,” said Ibrahim Kuraishi, ambassador of the Palestinian observer mission to the UN in Geneva.
While the probe was rejected by, of course, Israel and its ally United States considering it one-sided and counterproductive amid efforts to settle a ceasefire. Israel ambassador Eviator Manor, in a statement before the vote, told the forum: “Why does this Council believe that naming and shaming Israel will get it anywhere?”
“Throughout the entire escalation of events, Israel has always acted with maximum restraint, fully committed to international law in general and the laws of armed conflict.”
Israel had established its own special commission of inquiry “with a scope beyond what is required under international and criminal law,” Manor said.
“Hamas is the aggressor. Hamas is the one committing was crimes… Open your eyes to reality,” he said.
The Geneva forum convened the special one-day conference at the request of the Palestinians, Egypt and Pakistan. Israel, which accuses the Council of prejudice, however, boycotted the Geneva forum for 20 months, resuming collaboration in October – Reuters