U.N. Human Rights Council probe on Israel a ‘travesty,’ Netanyahu says

The United Nations Human Rights Council logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to launch an inquiry into Israeli human rights violations in Gaza, calling on the council to instead investigate Hamas’s war crimes. 

“The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

“The UNHRC should be launching an investigation into Hamas’s decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques,” he added.

In an emergency session, the 46-member human rights council in Geneva voted to adopt a resolution initiated by the Palestinians. Among the nations launching the probe were several Arab and Muslim countries—including notorious human rights violators such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia—as well as China, Russia, and several Latin American and African countries.

The United States was the only country to vote against the resolution. Abstaining from the vote were a number of European countries—including France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Estonia, and Romania—and Asian nations such as Japan and South Korea.

The U.S. Ambassador to the UNHRC, Keith Harper, blasted the resolution, calling it “destructive” and noting that it lacked “any semblance of balance” because it included no mention of Hamas rockets launched at Israeli civilians.

Posted on July 23, 2014 .