HRC to approve Israeli war crimes investigation into Gaza and Jerusalem
Instead, the resolution reminds member states of their responsibility to call Israel to account for its actions and urges the international community to unite to end Israeli actions.
The commission “would make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with the aim of avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual and command criminal liability, for such violations, and justice for the victims, ”said the resolution.
It would examine “alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law before and since April 13, 2021, as well as all the underlying root causes of recurring tensions, instability and prolongation of the conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity, ”the resolution states.
Shahar said that “the sole purpose of this special session and its resolution is to blame Israel, to whitewash the crimes committed by Hamas, and for the Palestinian Authority to avoid assuming its responsibilities to its own people.
“Israel is fighting the terrorism of Hamas, not the Palestinian people, nor the people of Gaza. Unfortunately, this special session will only reward Hamas and the extremist forces, pushing further any prospect of confidence building and peace, ”she said.
Among those who will speak at the HRC session will be the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, the former MP Mohammad Barakeh, the director of the Al-Mezan Center. for human rights Issam Younis, and a journalist who lives in Sheikh Jarrah, Muna El Kurd.
There have been at least five fact-finding missions into Israeli military actions in the past, including one on the Hamas-led “Great March of Return” as well as on past wars in Gaza.
On Wednesday, the UN World Health Organization passed a resolution calling for better health care for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza as well as for Syrians in the Golan Heights in Israel, even though these Syrians have equitable access to Israeli health care. .
The text of the resolution itself did not mention Israel, but the criticism was implied. The country has come under international criticism for providing vaccines to its citizens while not purchasing vaccines for the Palestinian Authority so that it can provide for those living in areas A and B of the country. West Bank, which is under the regime of the Palestinian Authority.
UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer said: “Today’s assault on Israel at the WHO has promoted the lie that Israel is violating the health rights of Palestinians.”
He added that “the opposite is true”.
“Despite the fact that the Palestinians have their own health system, and under the Oslo II peace accords, it is the Palestinian Authority that is responsible for immunizing their population, Israel has vaccinated over 100,000 Palestinian workers since March and donated thousands of vaccines. doses for Palestinian medical personnel, ”Neuer said.
“Israeli medical teams have coordinated with Palestinian health professionals to provide training and assistance. Israel transferred medical supplies and trained dozens of Palestinian doctors, nurses and medical personnel from Gaza before the PA ceased coordination in May 2020, putting more strain on their healthcare system for a pandemic, ”added Neuer.
Moreover, it is particularly absurd for the WHO to enact a resolution effectively accusing Israel of violating the health rights of Syrians in the Golan Heights, when the Director-General’s report makes it clear that they have full access to health care. universal within the framework of Israeli health maintenance organizations. , including COVID testing, medical care, contact tracing and vaccination, ”he said.