"Shameful": Israeli PM On UN Rights Council Probe Decision

James Marshall
May 30, 2021

On the other hand, The Palestinian Authority welcomed the resolution, saying it amounted to "international recognition of Israel's systemic oppression and discrimination against the Palestinian people".

After meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blinken reiterated support for Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks by Gaza's Hamas rulers, adding that they must not benefit from reconstruction aid.

Twenty council members were among the 66 countries that backed holding the special session.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is displayed on a screen as she delivers her speech during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Pakistan welcomes the adoption of an Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) led resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in response to "grave violations of global law and human rights" by Israel in Palestine, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Friday.

Japan will offer emergency aid of up to $10 million in food and medical care for Palestinians in Gaza following heavy Israeli bombing, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday.

The draft resolution presented by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls for the council to "urgently establish an ongoing independent, worldwide commission of inquiry.in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in Israel".

The investigation should focus on establishing facts and gather evidence for legal proceedings, and should aim to identify perpetrators to ensure they are held accountable, it said. Bachelet said Hamas' indiscriminate rocket fire during the conflict was also a clear violation of the rules of war.

She urged countries not to back the resolution, which she said would "embolden and reward Hamas", a "racist, genocidal, terrorist organisation".

"The recent violence in the region is alarming - we have all seen the disturbing images of displaced civilians, loss of life, and pain inflicted on families", Trudeau said.

"You can not be pro-Palestinian if you do not condemn Hamas", she said, stressing Israel's right to defend itself.

"This reality of apartheid and impunity can no longer be ignored", it added.

"The right to self defence and the right to resist occupation is a right we have as the Palestinian people", he said.

The president affirmed to Blinken that the recent developments in the Palestinian territories reflect the urgent need to revive direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

This month's flare-up was ignited amid protests against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah to make way for Jewish settlers.

Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, said the Islamist Palestinian group that controls Gaza "welcomes the decision of the Human Rights Council to form an global investigation committee into Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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