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May 7, 2009

The 'partial and partisan' UN report on Gaza

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

A UN Watch report suggests that an alien observing the United Nations' debates, reading its resolutions, and walking its halls could well conclude that a principal purpose of the world body is to censure a tiny country called Israel. This has been especially true when it has to do with Israel defending itself against Palestinian terrorism - and exemplified recently regarding Israel's incursion into Hamas-controlled Gaza.

As Robbie Sabel points out at the Guardian, for Ban Ki-moon to disown the UN report on Gaza speaks volumes about the credibility of its claims of Israeli misconduct:

There is an asymmetry peculiar to the laws of armed conflict. Hamas knowingly and deliberately targeted civilians and civilian targets in Israel and based itself in civilian areas, but this does not exempt Israel from having to apply the rules of war to its hostilities with Hamas. Israel accepted this obligation and has never shirked from it. It is also absolutely right that the damage done to UN facilities should be fully investigated, along with all other serious accusations of misconduct in war.

But the report the UN has produced does little to bring understanding or justice to the conflict in Gaza. The UN secretary general appears to have realised this and has tried to distance himself from it.

The report's underlying premise is that UN property enjoys absolute immunity. Of course, that is right, but the report should surely have explored why a military force needed to take action against an enemy in a built-up area at all. The undisputed fact - that Hamas was deliberately operating from such areas to launch attacks on Israeli civilian targets - is simply ignored.

Continue reading here... HT - Backspin

Posted by Hyscience at May 7, 2009 7:34 AM

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