UNHRC adopts 4 resolutions criticizing Israel

Israel targeted Gaza with White Phosphorus during Operation Cast Lead 2008-2009

March 26, 2011

GENEVA (Ma’an) — The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted four decisions against Israel on Friday, with Arab and Islamic countries and some Latin American countries voting in favor and the US voting against.

In one resolution, the council demanded that Israel end its occupation of the Palestinian land occupied since 1967, and that it respect its commitments within the peace process toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The resolution strongly condemns Israel’s military operations, including its regular incursions, and calls for their immediate cessation and condemns also indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire from Gaza.

The Israeli envoy, Aharon Leshno-Yaar, said the council was wasting its time criticizing Israel considering other abuses in the region including the stabbing of an Israeli family and bombing in Jerusalem.

“Yesterday Hamas fired on Israel and schools were closed so children could stay in bomb shelters. In Yemen protestors were killed, in Syria as well, and in Libya the Government forces were killing Libyan citizens. In Geneva, this council continued to spend its time condemning Israe,” Leshno-Yaar said.

Ibrahim Khraishi, the Palestinian ambassador in Geneva, countered that Israel’s philosophy was “shut up there is a war going on.” He noted that the Palestinian Authority’s official position was that Palestine was ready to work together with Israel to investigate the bus bombing in Jerusalem.

“The draft resolution was positive and balanced and took into account most of the comments made by colleagues. The resolution had not asked for a coalition to bomb Israelis as in Libya but only to condemn the violence that was going on against international humanitarian law,” he said.

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