The UN Rights Council has approved a probe into Israel’s response to Gaza riots.
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a commission of inquiry to investigate Israel’s handling of protests on the Gaza border and alleged human rights violations in the Strip, so-called West Bank and “East Jerusalem”.
Twenty-nine countries on the rights council vote to approve the probe, including China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, while 14 countries abstained, including the UK.
Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution.
@UN_HRC just approved resolution A/HRC/S-28/L.1 "Violations of International Law in the context of large-scale civilian protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem", deciding to dispatch an international commission of inquiry Yes 29/ No 2 /Abs 14 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/DY4OHN9jOq
— Palestine PLO-NAD (@nadplo) May 18, 2018
Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of the British Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke at the UNHRC meeting and rebuked the council for its anti-Israel bias.
This is what the UN needs to hear! LIKE and SHARE the truth!TODAY Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has SLAMMED the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its condemnation of Israel whilst ignoring Hamas's terrorist actions."If this Council really cared about human rights, it should commend the Israel Defence Force for that, not condemn them on the basis of lies."#CUFI #Hamas #Gaza #Israel #PrayforIsrael #ColonelRichardKemp
Posted by Christians United for Israel – UK on Friday, 18 May 2018
This is what he said:
I have the honour to take the floor on behalf of United Nations Watch.
I commanded British troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland, and served with NATO and the United Nations. I have come straight from the Gaza front line to share my assessment.
Based on what I observed, I can say that everything we just heard here is a complete distortion of the truth.
The truth is that Hamas, a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews everywhere, deliberately caused over 60 of its own people to get killed.
They sent thousands of civilians to the front line — as human shields for terrorists trying to break through the border.
Hamas’s goal, in their own words, was “blood… in the path of Jihad.”
I ask every country in this Council: You have all been telling us that Israel should have reacted differently. But how would you respond if a Jihadist terror group sent thousands to flood your borders, and gunmen to massacre your communities?
Your failure to admit that Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt on the Gaza border encourages their violence and use of human shields. It makes you complicit in further bloodshed.
If Israel had allowed these mobs to break through the fence, the IDF would then have been forced to defend their own civilians from slaughter and many more Palestinians would have been killed.
Israel’s actions therefore saved lives of Gazans; and if this Council really cared about human rights, it should commend the Israel Defence Force for that, not condemn them on the basis of lies.
See also: Timeline of Gaza violence this week. Click here