Tuesday, January 13, 2009

UNHRC Condemns Israel in One Side Resolution

The United Nations Human Rights Council has once again partaken in it's favourite activity. A one sided resolution was passed condemning Israel's attack on Hamas in Gaza.

The four page 17 article resolution condemned Israel and called on a special investigation. It called for an immediate stoppage to the military action and 'grave violations' by Israel. It essentially called on Israel to meet all of the Hamas demands by immediately withdrawing from Gaza and opening all border crossings.

The resolution demanded that Israel should stop targeting civilians. While civilians are being killed Israel has gone to great lengths to demonstrate they are trying to avoid civilian deaths. The resolution lumped all of the casualties into a single count with "a large number of women and children". The language was clearly designed to maximize the damage without any consideration of who died for attacking Israel and who the true victims are.

As for Hamas the UNHRC couldn't even devote a complete sentence to condemning their attacks on Israel. They called for an end to the launching of crude rockets against Israeli civilians.

The resolution passed with the votes as follows:

In favour (33):Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Uruguay, and Zambia.

Against (1):Canada.

Abstentions (13): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

The resolution was designed to attack Israel rather than bringing anything productive to the table to stop the rocket attacks by Hamas which would lead to an Israeli withdrawal. The countries that abstained explained that they were disappointed that it did not address all violations that occurred in Gaza. Canada was the only country brave enough to stand up and vote against the resolution, stating "the draft text still failed to clearly recognize that rocket fire on Israel had led to the current crisis. It also used unnecessary, unhelpful and inflammatory language. "

Thank You Canada.

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