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UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations

Source: UN News Centre

On 19 July 2014 in the State of Palestine, passing the rubble of homes destroyed in an Israeli air strike, a girl uses a hand truck to transport jerrycans filled with water, in the town of Rafah in southern Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0978/El Baba

On 19 July 2014 in the State of Palestine, passing the rubble of homes destroyed in an Israeli air strike, a girl uses a hand truck to transport jerrycans filled with water, in the town of Rafah in southern Gaza. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-0978/El Baba

The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Council’s President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that the human rights body appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom), Doudou Diène (Senegal) and William Schabas (Canada) to serve as members on the international Commission. Mr. Schabas will also serve as the Commission’s Chair.

The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also 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 to protect civilians against any further assaults. (more…)

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Israeli tanks inside Gaza, silence outside.

At least four Israeli tanks and four bulldozers are currently illegally in Gaza territory north-east of Al Bureij razing the land, while their henchmen shoot indiscriminately.

In yet another of their thousands of illegal incursions into Gaza, Israeli defence forces continue to level what was once productive farmland, and terrorise the local population.

Palestinian farmers under constant threat from Israeli fire

In yet another of their millions of examples of abject hypocrisy and pandering to Israel, the international community does nothing.

When Hitler did it in Poland, it was called lebensraum and the international community launched an all-out war to stop him.

When Israel does it in Palestine, it is called the two-state solution, and slimy politicians get Nobel Peace Prizes as thousands of Palestinians are condemned to die, or suffer torture, misery, torment and hardship, or all of the above.

The US Security Council has passed over 100 Resolutions condemning Israel, all of which Israel has ignored.

UN Security Council sanctions to enforce co-operation with international law or to contain a threat to peace have been imposed against more than 33 countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya.

Yet it has never imposed sanctions against Israel, the biggest violator of international law on the planet.

La lucha sigue.