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November 13, 2014 12:04 pm

Israeli Government Rejects Cooperation With U.N. Gaza Probe

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JNS.org – The Israeli Foreign Ministry has announced that it will not cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) inquiry into the summer Gaza conflict led by Canadian law professor William Schabas.

“While Hamas fired thousands of rockets toward Israel, the U.N. Human Rights Council decided it would determine in advance Israel’s ‘guilt’ and set up an investigative committee to serve as a rubber stamp to its known positions,” foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.

“Since the Schabas commission is not an inquiry but a commission that gives its conclusions in advance, Israel will not cooperate with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights over the last conflict with Hamas,” Nahshon said.

As a result, Israel has also denied an entry request by the three U.N. investigators, leaving them stuck in Amman, Jordan. In the past, Schabas has called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former president Shimon Peres to be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court for human rights violations. Given Schabas’s history, the Israeli government has called the current U.N. probe a “kangaroo court.”

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  • Grace

    Quick question…as a member of the United Nations, is it legal for Israel to reject and refuse assistance to the investigating commission? If so, then I must question the efficacy of this organization (United Nations).

    Also, I’m not sure why they would appoint someone to lead the investigation who has shown bias in the situation. That seems like a UN fail. All it does is allow the Israeli government the opportunity to opt out based on bias.

    Everyone would’ve been better served by the UN appointing an impartial head to the inquiry and in doing so not give Israel such an obvious way to evade investigation, which unfortunately is what it looks like.

    As a person who has no skin in this game…Israel’s continual aversion to and rejection of UN inquiry and investigation starts to look like sneakiness and poor form. Are they a member of the global community and willing to handle conflict and disagreement within the forums of the global community…including accepting culpability when pointed out by their piers ie other nations of the global community? Or are they outside the system, going rogue? Or both in and out when and as it serves their needs and wants?

    • Fred

      Good question. Obviously, the UN has no teeth or enforcement ability. That’s probably a good thing since it’s not likely to behave any better or more altruistically than the average of the national governments it attempts to federate.

    • loomy2

      Israel has yet to agree or consider any person heading up any investigation of any of its actions in Gaza or anywhere (Lebanon, West Bank)as unbiased or legitimate …and thus acceptable.

      This seems very , very unfair to the victims of their actions (defensive, legitimate or not) as it suggests that these victims have no recourse to the law or any body or independent group…in fact Israel insists that the IDF carry out investigations against ITSELF for any actions it may deem to investigate!

      As you can imagine, the average Gazan, Lebanese or inhabitant of the West Bank, may think this is a little unfair….

      But that’s where things stand.

  • Fred

    As we all know, the UN is mostly a democracy of malodorous illegitimate dictators, thugs and tyrants. Israel is making the right call.

    Those in the West who decry Israel’s actions will eventually learn Israel’s hard lesson: Islam is NOT just a religion. It is a sociopolitical ideology and system of law and governance that is utterly incompatible with individual freedom and liberal Western democracy.

    Read the Quran and you will understand. “Whoever fights in the way of Allah, then gets killed or prevails, We shall give a great reward to him.” [Sura 4, verse 74]
    Certainly there are moderate Muslims. The problem with Islam is that its astoundingly combative and blood-thirsty prophet and God invite radicalism. Recent research from the Pew Research Center shows that 50% or more (80% in most places) of Muslims world-wide, including in the US, believe the Koran should be read as the literal word of God. As an example of Western liberal blindness, consider this recent statement by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times: Although four in five Afghan Muslims support the death penalty for apostates, “in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world, only 16 percent favor such a penalty.” That’s a GOOD thing? We would regard it as scandalous if even 1.6% of Christians in America or Jews in Israel supported the death penalty for apostates.

    Although it may have had its day in the sun 1000 years ago, with respect to modern Western ideas of individual liberty and democracy, Islam is the mother of all cultural malware. The US, Europe and Canada would be wise to promptly prohibit immigration of Muslims; and to revoke Islam’s status as a religion, because it is not just a religion, but an ideology utterly contrary to our constitutions, and to our way of life. And we would be utter fools to allow any other Muslim nations to acquire nuclear weapons.

    • Summer