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July 3, 2015 12:38 pm

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Gaza War Report That Condemns Israel

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The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, used by the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations (Geneva).

The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, used by the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations (Geneva).

JNS.org – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution backing the Gaza Conflict Commission of Inquiry’s recent report on last year’s war between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group.

Forty-one council members voted in favor of the resolution, including several European allies of Israel such as France, Germany, U.K., Ireland, and the Netherlands. Five countries abstained from the vote: Kenya, Ethiopia, Macedonia, India, and Paraguay. The U.S. made the lone vote against the report.

Israel’s representative to the UNHRC, Eviatar Manor, called the resolution an “anti-Israel manifesto,” saying it “distorts the intention of the authors of the report by completely ignoring alleged violations of [international law] committed by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups,” the Times of Israel reported.

The report, headed by former New York State Supreme Court judge Mary McGowan Davis, found that both Israel and Hamas committed “serious violations of international humanitarian law” in Gaza that “may amount to war crimes.”

While the report criticized Hamas for “indiscriminate” targeting of Israeli civilians with rockets, it placed heavy blame on Israel for the deaths of 1,462 civilians among the total of 2,251 Palestinians who died in the conflict.

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