UNHRC to investigate Israel over Gaza killings

This didn't get much attention, and I thought it's worth noting.

Israel railed against the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday as it voted to set up a probe into recent killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force.
The resolution to send a commission of inquiry to investigate was rejected by the United States and Australia, but backed by 29 members of the 47-state U.N. forum. Another 14 countries, including Britain, Germany and Japan, abstained.
Israel’s ambassador in Geneva, Aviva Raz Shechter, castigated the council for “spreading lies against Israel” during “five hours of ludicrous statements”.
...Israeli forces had killed 106 Palestinians, including 15 children, since March 30, he said. More than 12,000 were injured, at least 3,500 by live ammunition.

Speaking of "ludicrous statements” you won't believe the twisted logic used to defend Israel.

A former commander of British military forces in Afghanistan told the UN Human Rights Council on Friday that IDF troops should be commended for saving the lives of Palestinians during the violent rioting on the Israel-Gaza Strip border earlier this week.

“If Israel had allowed these mobs to break through the fence, the IDF would then have been forced to defend their own civilians from slaughter and many more Palestinians would have been killed,” Col. Richard Kemp told a special meeting of the UNHRC in Geneva on the Gaza clashes.

“Israel’s actions therefore saved lives of Gazans, and if this council really cared about human rights, it should commend the IDF for that, not condemn them on the basis of lies,” Kemp continued.

So the IDF should be giving medals for shooting children.
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dance you monster's picture

. . . one could posit that the Sand Creek Massacre saved the Cheyenne and Arapaho. An Army judge at the time, however, called that event "a cowardly and cold-blooded slaughter, sufficient to cover its perpetrators with indelible infamy, and the face of every American with shame and indignation," and no one has credibly suggested any other interpretation since.

The passage of time does not favor the arguments of apologists for murder, still less those of apologists for genocide.

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dervish's picture

@dance you monster complete with a photo whenever possible, his full name, and of course his lovely quote. His wisdom and vision should be posted far and wide, for all to see, for years to come.

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

gulfgal98's picture

eyes, ears, and particularly voices. This is deplorable. And I believe it is a form of genocide. Thank you for posting this, gjohnsit.

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