The United Nations Human Rights Council this Thursday approved the creation of a commission to investigate violations of international and humanitarian law that would have occurred in the recent aftermath of the conflict between the two in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem and Israel.
“I sincerely hope this is the last time we need such an extraordinary meeting,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the inauguration.
The creation of this independent international commission was approved by 24 of the 47 countries that make up the Human Rights Council, while nine voted against, including Austria, Germany, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. In addition, there were fourteen abstentions, as in France or Brazil.
The commission must “investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law, violations and violations of international human rights law that occurred before and after April 13, 2021”.
Likewise, “all causes of the repeated tension, instability and persistence of the conflict must be clarified, including systematic discrimination and oppression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious origins”.
Shortly after learning of the decision, Israel demonstrated its “categorical” opposition to any kind of investigation in the matter, a position taken on previous occasions, accusing the Human Rights Council of being “an anti-Israel majority body”.
“Today’s shameful decision is yet another example of the UN Human Rights Council’s apparent anti-Israel obsession,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has accused this “immoral majority” of “covering up” a “genocidal terrorist organization” that is deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and turns Gazans into human shields, “said Hamas.
At the same time, he goes on to “describe as the” culprit “a democracy that acts lawfully to protect its citizens from thousands of indiscriminate attacks. This parody mocks international law and encourages terrorists around the world.”
The United States, unable to vote on the orders of former President Donald Trump after its departure in 2018, has “deeply regretted” that an investigation has been opened into these traits, believing they “threaten” to jeopardize progress .
The military escalation erupted on May 10 after Hamas fired multiple projectiles, the day after Israeli agents stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims, and injured hundreds of believers in the middle of Ramadan. After eleven days of fighting, a truce was reached.
The United Nations has confirmed the deaths of more than 250 people in the Gaza Strip and estimates that nearly 2,000 were injured, around 10 percent of which will require medium- and long-term rehabilitation treatment. In addition, more than 2,000 houses as well as schools and hospitals as well as power supply systems were destroyed or severely damaged.