Israel Releases UN-Refuting Report, Blocks “War Crimes” Probe Envoy

 

Israel Releases UN

The Guardian

Israel Releases UN

In an attempt to overtake an upcoming incriminating UN report detailing last year’s Gaza war, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published its own recount of the events last Sunday supporting their use of a military offense as “justified under international law.” According to the report- which explains and defends Israel’s crackdown on Hamas, the militant Palestinian organization controlling Gaza- the country was “left with no choice but to launch an aerial campaign… to protect its civilian population” following a July 7th rocket attack on the territory. While the UN report protests that Palestinian civilians composed the majority of this counter-assault’s casualties, Israel cites ‘that hundreds of Hamas were also killed in an effort to protect their citizens from a group that allegedly deliberately embeds military assets within heavily populated civilian areas” while allowing that the number of innocent lives lost was a tragic compromise.

To further safeguard their controversial wartime behavior, Israel has since denied UN investigators access to Palestinian territory for the second time on the heels of this imminent publication that “will pave the way for justice to be done to all civilians who fell victim to the fighting last year, by holding to account those alleged to have committed grave and other serious violations of international humanitarian law” according to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Explains Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, “Israel cooperates with all the international commissions and all (UN) rapporteurs, except when the mandate handed to them is anti-Israeli and Israel has no chance to make itself heard.” Condemning the country for allowing its offense to bomb several UN institutions including schools- an operation Israel defends as forced given the militants’ targeting of those areas- the council is scheduled to discuss the findings on June 29th.

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