Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UN Report on Gaza War Is Biased, of course

Israel: UN Report on Gaza War Is Biased - Oren Dorell
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected a UN report that accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes in the Gaza fighting last summer. "Israel does not commit war crimes," Netanyahu said. "Israel defends itself against a terrorist organization that calls for its destruction and carries out many war crimes." He added that the commission that issued the report is "notoriously biased" against Israel.
Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UN, accused the investigators of serving "as the soldiers of the Palestinians and Hamas." "The UN has been taken hostage by terrorist organizations, and in this battle, the international community will lose." (USA Today)
See also Netanyahu: Israel's Military Acts According to the Highest International Standards; UN Report is Flawed and Biased (Prime Minister's Office)
See also U.S. Backs Israeli Self-Defense after UN Gaza Report
The U.S. supports Israel's right to defend itself and will wait for the results of ongoing internal Israeli investigations of the 2014 Gaza war, the White House said Monday in response to the UN Human Rights Council's report on the war. (Times of Israel)
Israel Disputes UN Report Finding It May Have Committed Gaza War Crimes
Israel disputed on Monday the findings of a UN report that it may have committed war crimes in the 2014 Gaza conflict. "It is regrettable that the report fails to recognize the profound difference between Israel's moral behavior during Operation Protective Edge and the terror organizations it confronted," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. "In defending itself against attacks, Israel's military acted according to the highest international standards." (Reuters)
See also U.S. Jewish Organizations Deride UN Report on Gaza War - Stuart Winer
U.S. Jewish organizations on Monday responded with sharp criticism to a UN report that found Israel may have committed war crimes in Gaza during fighting last year against Hamas. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee noted: "Hamas indiscriminately waged a war of aggression against Israeli civilians while inhumanely exploiting Gaza residents as human shields. Any suggestion of moral symmetry between the actions of Israel and those of the terrorist organization Hamas is a malicious affront to the truth."
The Anti-Defamation League's Abraham H. Foxman wrote: "The UN Human Rights Council continues to bring shame on itself," describing the report as "illegitimate in its conception, inadequate in its execution and immoral in its conclusions." World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said: "The cause of the Gaza conflict last year was the behavior of Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza. Hamas was the aggressor, not Israel, but strangely, Hamas is barely mentioned in this report." (Times of Israel)

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