UN Human Rights Council Calls for Inquiry in Israel
The Human Rights Council of the United Nations voted today to send a team of international war crimes investigators to look into the mass killings and shootings in Gaza.
Twenty-nine members backed the resolution calling for the urgent “dispatch [of] an independent, international commission of inquiry.”
Only the United States and Australia voted against the resolution with 14 members abstaining.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley had previously blocked the Security Council from issuing a similar request before walking out on Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour’s address to the council.
Sixty-two Palestinians were killed and at least 2,000 were injured by Israeli forces on Monday.
Since March 30 when the protests began, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed and more than 12,000 have been wounded — at least 3,500 of them by live ammunition.
Fifteen children are dead.
A single Israeli soldier has been slightly injured so far, reportedly by a stone.
Naturally, the Israeli government has condemned the resolution in scathing terms:
“Simply put, with this resolution, this council has reached a new height of hypocrisy, and the lowest standards of credibility,” — Aviva Raz Shechter, Israel’s ambassador in Geneva
Here’s how the members of the Human Rights Council voted (or didn’t):
To read Iron Triangle Press’ most recent coverage of the events in Gaza, click here.