Israel May Be Guilty Of War Crimes – UN Human Rights Chief

May be guilty? This could be the understatement of the millennium

Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children raise the “strong possibility” that Israel is violating international law.

Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, she citied cases of Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave: “These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” she said.

She hit out at both sides concerning their conduct during the conflict, which is now in its 16th day, having started on July 8. Some 643 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflict, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The Israeli army has been accused of targeting civilian areas, as well as using flechette shells during its offensive in Gaza, which can cause widespread harm and death to civilians. Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer shot by a Palestinian sniper early on Wednesday.

“Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated,” Pillay said in some of her strongest comments on the carnage. She also condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets and mortars by Palestinian militants into Israel and expressed concern at the “rise of incitement for violence against Palestinians by Israeli’s on social media.”

Funny thing about these atrocities being committed by Israel. I don’t hear any screams from Obama demanding that the Israelis be punished. The old double standards operating again are they?

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4 Responses to “Israel May Be Guilty Of War Crimes – UN Human Rights Chief”

  1. Jon Says:

    If Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza what should be done about the British volunteers who travel to Israel to help the IDF in its war effort?
    See here:-
    https://www.facebook.com/Sarelvolunteers
    http://www.sar-el.org/
    Should they be stopped on arrival back in the UK and questioned about their complicity and what exactly they have been doing on the army bases to assist the IDF?

    • ianrthorpe Says:

      Goof questions.

      If these volunteers have committed war crimes they should answer for them. As to what court should hold the trial, I would not like to comment on the legal process.
      From a layman’s perspective I’d think the international court in The Hague is the place.
      To the best of my knowledge people cannot be tried in British courts if they have not committed any crime in Britain.
      The blog post, in referring to Israeli war crimes was really about punishing the government of Israel rather than individuals. And my question, after posting copied material for background, was:

      Why isn’t the US government demanding sanctions against Israel they way they are demanding sanctions against Russia, they way they have demanded sanctions against Iraq and Iran and many other nations for crimes against humanity?

  2. MichaelStMark Says:

    As mentioned on Cheeky Stoat, if Israel military nuked Gaza tomorrow; even that would get overlooked in time after lashings of Holocaust guilt-trip justification political balm is applied.
    Did you see the Monty Python banana attack sketch?

    • ianrthorpe Says:

      I remember it well. 😀

      You’re right, Israel gets away with things that would get other small nations obliterated.

      I can remember the time when those now screaming loudest about Human Rights in Palestine would start screaming Anti Semite at anyone who said, “Well hold on, just because Hitler treated Jews badly, that doesn’t mean Israel has the right to treat Palestinian Muslims badly”.

      The biggest irony of that particular left wing hypocrisy of course was that Palestinians are Semites too.

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