Israel Tells Philippine Ambassador UN Rights Council Vote 'Rewards Terrorism'

Foreign Ministry says Manila's vote in favor of probe to examine alleged human rights violations in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel was 'unacceptable'

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivering her speech remotely to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Israel and Gaza on Thursday.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivering her speech remotely to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding Israel and Gaza on Thursday.Credit: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

The Foreign Ministry summoned the Philippine ambassador on Sunday to clarify his country's United Nations Human Rights Council vote in favor of an investigation into alleged violations during this month's fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and the wave of violence and clashes before and after it in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and across Israel.

The council voted on Thursday to launch an international investigation into alleged rights violations committed in the region starting from April 13, just under a month before the latest round of fighting in Gaza began.

The Foreign Ministry said that Gilad Cohen, its deputy director general for Asia and the Pacific, had told Ambassador Macairog Alberto "that his country's vote is unacceptable to Israel and constitutes a reward for terrorism."

The Foreign Ministry called the Human Rights Council "a biased and anti-Israel body," adding that the council's decision "is radically one-sided, does not mention the terror organization Hamas at all, and ignores the 4,300 missiles fired at Israeli civilians."

Cohen meanwhile said that "Israel expects friendly countries like the Philippines not to support resolutions that boost terrorism and to stand at our side at this hour."

The 47-member council adopted the resolution calling for the investigation last week with 24 states voting in favor, nine against, and 14 abstaining.

Israel's Foreign Ministry said that it would refuse to cooperate with the probe, which was brought by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations.

Addressing the council's special session on Thursday, Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights said that Israel's deadly strikes on Gaza might constitute war crimes and that Hamas had violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets into Israel.

The decision also authorizes the committee to cover potential human rights violation in Israel itself, including the violence in mixed cities. The committee will therefore be permitted to investigate the escalations starting from April 13, in order to cover clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah and Temple Mount. 

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