Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The "If" is Missing (UPDATED)

So, that commission, on which William Schabas will serve as Chair, what's it supposed to do?

The newly-appointed independent, international commission of inquiry of the UN's Human Rights Council, we read, is slated

to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014. of the three-person commission mandated by the Council at its last special session...whether before, during or after, to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and of the crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible, to make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways and means to protect civilians against any further assaults.  The same resolution requested that the commission of inquiry present a written report to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-eighth session in March 2015....

So innocuous-sounding, right?

a.  where's the "if"?  If committed.  If violated. 

b.  what has "East Jerusalem" to do with Gaza?

c.  why pick June 13th?  Was not Hamas firing off rockets before?*



EOZ expands:

June 13th? Operation Protective Edge began on July 8. So why is the UN choosing June 13th?
The answer tells you all you need to know about how biased the UNHRC is.
Hamas kidnapped and murdered Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah on June 12th.
Israel started searching for them in the Hebron area on June 13th.
The commission is being given a framework where they are supposed to believe that the kidnapping and murder were not acts of aggression, but Israel's response was.


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