The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Calls for Arms Embargo and War Crimes Probe against Israel

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will vote on Thursday the resolution calling for arms embargo against Israel and the establishment of an independent body to investigate possible war crimes in Gaza.

The UNHRC’s special session on Thursday discusses “the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called to address the root causes of the tension to avoid violence.

In her statement at the session, the High Commissioner said, “Such strikes raise serious concerns of Israel’s compliance with the principles of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law. If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in their impact on civilians and civilian objects, such attacks may constitute war crimes.”

Meanwhile Israel Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Meirav Eilon Shahar told member states in her opening statement at the session, “Member States must decide today. You have to decide! Are you pro-Palestinian or pro-Hamas? You cannot be both.”

“What will be presented today by many countries is a false moral equivalence. As a matter of fact, an immoral equivalence, between Israel, a democracy that seeks peace and abides by international law, and a murderous, extreme terrorist organization.”

She also said that since the Council’s inception, 30 percent of all Special Sessions targeted Israel.

“Instead of the Council being a moral voice, unequivocally stating that Israel has the right to defend itself and condemning Hamas for its terrorist activities, we have witnessed a ritual where Israel is targeted and singled out. It does not matter what the facts are or the reality on the ground.”


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