ADL: UNHRC Commission of Inquiry on Israel’s Actions in Gaza “Another Shocking Perversion” of the Council’s Responsibility

New York, NY, July 23, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called the vote by the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish a commission of inquiry into Israel’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza “another shocking perversion” of the Council’s mandate.

ADL expressed that such a commission will serve to further undermine the “cause of protecting international human rights.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

With all of the evidence of the millions of Israelis hunkering down in bomb shelters under threat of Hamas rockets, of Hamas blatantly firing and storing rockets, missiles and other weaponry from and in schools, mosques, apartment buildings and ambulances, the Human Rights Council has again chosen to focus on alleged Israeli crimes.

Does this institution not recall the absurdity of the investigation into Israel’s alleged crimes during in its 2008-09 Gaza operation?  Even the head of that commission, Justice Richard Goldstone, publicly repudiated the report’s conclusions.

We already know how this will go.  The inquiry will be staffed by individuals with a long record of bias and criticism of Israeli policies.  Israel, understandably, will refuse to cooperate.  A harsh, biased and fundamentally flawed report will be issued.  The only lasting impact will be the further undermining of the cause of protecting international human rights.

We commend the United States for voting no, and standing up to this shocking perversion of the council’s responsibility to protect human rights.  European Union member states should be ashamed for not doing the same.

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