Monday, March 11, 2019

Israel’s Response to the Gaza Border Riots and the UN Human Rights Council Report - by Amb. Alan Baker

Sadly, it reflects in a very negative manner on the integrity and professionalism of the members of the commission who appear to have worked without the requisite expert and professional military advice so essential to any examination of the military situation in the area of events. It is all the more regrettable that this report will doubtless be interpreted by Hamas and the other terrorist elements involved, as granting a green light to further terror activity against Israel, in the knowledge that the UN Human Rights Council chooses to direct its criticism solely against Israel.

Amb. Alan Baker..
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs..
11 March '19..

In an ideal world, a report by three ostensibly distinguished jurists of international stature and knowledgeable in human rights and international humanitarian law would be expected to be serious, credible, authoritative, and genuinely bona fide.

This would be more evident knowing that such a report is written by “an independent, international commission of inquiry.”

Sadly though, no such ideal world exists, and hence, neither the UN nor its Human Rights Council can be considered to be serious, credible, authoritative and genuinely bona fide.

Where the UN Human Rights Council is concerned, there can be no such thing as an “independent” commission of inquiry. The very mandating resolution for such an “independent” commission, was adopted by the political majority of the council and condemned in its first paragraph “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians…in the context of peaceful protests.”

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