U.N. Human Rights Council Report on 2014 Gaza War Illegitimate, Inadequate and Immoral

New York, NY, June 22, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report on Operation Protective Edge calling it “illegitimate in its conception and “inherently biased against Israel.”

Operation Protective Edge was the name of the military campaign by Israel in July 2014 against the Gaza based terror group Hamas to stop the firing of rockets into Israeli cities.

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

The U.N. Human Rights Council continues to bring shame on itself. The COI on Operation Protective Edge is the latest example in a long string of calumnies against Israel by the Council, reinforcing the inherent bias against Israel and further eroding the credibility of the international response to grave violations of human rights around the world.

The report was illegitimate in its conception, inadequate in its execution and immoral in its conclusions. Prime Minister Netanyahu was right in his categorization of the UNHRC doing ‘everything but look after human rights.’

Where is the outrage for the millions of victims of grave violations of human rights whose voices are not heard, whose faces are not seen, whose pain is not recognized and whose cause is so obviously not valued by the UNHRC because of its irrational focus on and inherent bias against Israel?

Following the appointment of a UNHRC panel to investigate human rights violations in August 2014 after the war, ADL called the investigation “a farce” with the outcome “all-but preordained.

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