A Moral Atrocity 2 Harold Evans The Guardian - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • PETER SM
    • 01.11.09 | 01:58 (IST)

    The truth is he was suckered into lending his good name to a half-baked report ? read its 575 pages and see. He said that, as a Jew himself, he was surprised to be invited. He shouldn't have been, and should never have accepted leadership of a commission whose terms of reference were designed to excuse the aggressor, Hamas, and punish the defender, Israel. The council's decision was to "dispatch an urgent, independent, international fact-finding mission ? to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, due to the current aggression, and [it] calls upon Israel not to obstruct the process of investigation and to fully co-operate with the mission". Israel is not an "occupying power" in Gaza in either fact or international law. Four years ago it voluntarily pulled out all its soldiers and uprooted all its settlers. Here was a wonderful chance for Gaza to be the building block of a Palestinian state, and for Hamas to do what the Israelis did ? take a piece of land and build a model state. They didn't. Instead of helping the desperate Palestinians, they conducted a religious war. In signing on for the UN mission ? with others who had already condemned Israel ? it seems to have escaped the judge that Hamas is committed not just to fight Israeli soldiers; it is a terrorist organisation hellbent on the destruction of the state of Israel. The terms of reference he accepted validate the torment of Israeli civilians. Hamas launched 7,000 rockets ? every one intended to kill as many people as possible ? then contemptuously dismissed repeated warnings from Israel to stop or face the consequences.

    from the article: Israel envoy: UN Human Rights Council betrayed its own values
    First published 18:37 30.10.09 | Last updated 15:12 31.10.09
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