The pro-Hamas UN Resolution
“As Israel struggles to defend its civilians from Hamas rocket attacks—10,000 since 2001, and more than 500 in the past few days alone—Arab and Islamic states have called an emergency ‘Special Session’ of the UN Human Rights Council for Friday (yesterday). Their proposed resolution condemns Israel alone, while covering up for Hamas's double war crime: its deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians, and its use of Palestinian civilians as human shields.”
They urge EU leaders to vote to support democracies and oppose terrorism, expressing deep concern with ‘the grossly one-sided and counter-productive resolution tabled by Arab states’ in yesterday’s emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The meeting was initiated by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Russia, and other countries ‘not exactly known for their stellar human rights records’. The focus is ‘the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including the recent aggression of the occupied Gaza Strip’.
The draft text ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s actions — yet says not a word about Hamas, a terrorist organization that has fired thousands of rockets and missiles against civilians in the cities and towns of Ashkelon, Beersheba, and Sderot.
By seeking to criminalise Israeli self-defence, and implicitly to legitimise Hamas terrorism, the text itself is a violation of human rights.
UN Watch is aware that UN resolutions matter: ‘they are translated into every language, govern the discourse of international relations and human rights, and influence masses around the globe’.
They say: ‘Make no mistake: Iran, Syria, and Hamas will take note of this resolution, and especially of how Europe will vote. As documented by UN Watch in a November 2007 report, anti-Israel UN resolutions are routinely cited by Middle East extremists to convince their audiences that the world is with them.’