United Nations to Launch Investigation into ‘Systemic Discrimination’ in Israel, Palestine

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on May 27 has voted to launch an investigation into the “systematic discrimination and repression” in Israel and Palestine after the 11 days of escalated violence.

With a vote of 24 in favor, nine against, and 14 abstentions, the 47-member council adopted a resolution to establish an independent International Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law in the fighting that has killed over 200 Palestinians, including 66 children, and 12 Israelis, including two children.

The investigation will also examine “all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity,” according to a statement from the council.

The council adopted the resolution after an all-day special session, which was its response to the request of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to form the independent body.

“I sincerely hope that this will be the last time that we need such an extraordinary session,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said.

“The death of and injury of children in this escalation is a source of shame for all,” Bachelet said.

According to Bachelet, Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza could constitute as war crimes if they were found to be disproportionate.

“There is no doubt that Israel has the right to defend its citizens and residents. However, Palestinians have rights too – the same rights,” Bachelet told the council.

Bachelet also accused Palestinian militant group Hamas of launching indiscriminate rockets on Israel.

The Palestinian Authority described the resolution as an “international recognition of Israel’s systemic oppression and discrimination against the Palestinian people.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister called the resolution “shameful” and a “blatant anti-Israel obsession.”

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