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UN Human Rights Council condemns Israel’s “outrageous attack” and demands probe

(WJC)–In Geneva, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations has adopted a resolution proposed by Pakistan, Sudan and the Palestinian delegation which calls for an independent fact-finding mission into Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, in which nine activists were killed. The council also approved a resolution that condemns Israel for its “outrageous attack” on the ships.

The resolution also calls on Israel to lift its blockade on Gaza. The text is similar to one passed by the council following the Gaza war in the winter of 2008-09 that led to the establishment of the controversial Goldstone commission. The resolution authorizes the president of the council to appoint members of the mission.

On Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador Leshno Yaar told the Human Rights Council that the Israeli soldiers had acted in self-defense, resorting to live fire after they were attacked by protesters on the Turkish ship Marmara. “The attack on the Israeli soldiers was beyond all doubt premeditated,” he said. Israel was justified under international law in acting against the flotilla, Yaar declared, adding that the blockade in international waters was necessary and legal.

The United States opposed the resolution. US Ambassador Eileen Donahoe said the text “rushes to judgment on a set of facts” that were only starting to emerge. “It creates an international mechanism before giving the responsible government an opportunity to investigate this incident itself and thereby risks further politicizing a sensitive and volatile situation,” she added.

The Netherlands also voted against the text with its envoy saying that the rights council’s investigation, parallel to one called for by the UN Security Council, “would not be conducive to re-launching the Middle East peace process.”

Britain and France abstained, saying they regretted that the resolution failed to reflect the language used by the Security Council which called “for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.”

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Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.

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