UN creates permanent probe on Israeli Gaza war crimes, calls for embargo
The United Nations Human Rights Council voted 24-9 Thursday to permanently investigate Israel for war crimes and called for an arms embargo against it.
An additional 14 countries, out of the 47-member body abstained, giving the resolution a slim majority of one. None of the European Union countries supported the measure.
“Once again, an immoral automatic majority at the Council whitewashes a genocidal terrorist organization that deliberately targets Israeli civilians while turning Gaza’s civilians into human shields.
“This while depicting as the ‘guilty party’ a democracy acting legitimately to protect its citizens from thousands of indiscriminate rocket attacks. This travesty makes a mockery of international law and encourages terrorists worldwide,” he said.
In the debate that preceded the vote, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet warned that Israeli actions may already constitute “war crimes.”
The “commission of inquiry” would examine incidents that occurred both before and after April 13, 2021 within sovereign Israel, including Jerusalem, as well as in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.