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UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay is calling for an investigation of Israel's military actions in Gaza. (archive photo)

UNHRC Commissioner Navi Pillay condemned Israel this week for its military activity in Gaza and called for an investigation into what she called the IDF’s possible “war crimes” in the terrorist-ruled region.

She had no problem cutting slack to Hamas for all of its terror, not the least of which includes the vicious attacks on its own people, and the use of its children, hospitals, sick patients, doctors and even its helpless animals as human shields.

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Here’s the text of her statement, which was recorded in full by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

“As we speak, the indiscriminate firing of Hamas and other armed groups of more than 2,900 rockets as well as mortars from Gaza continues to endanger the lives of civilians in Israel. I have repeatedly condemned such indiscriminate attacks in the past. I do so again today.

“I further emphasize that it is unacceptable to locate military assets in densely populated areas or to launch attacks from such areas.

“However, international law is clear. The actions of one party do not absolve the other party of the need to respect its obligations under international law.

“My staff are continuing to document several other cases in which family residences were destroyed with the reported loss of civilian life and in which preliminary indications suggest not even a single member of an armed group was present.

“Then just two days ago on 21 July, shells hit the Al Aqsa Hospital in Dir Al Bala reportedly killing at least three people and wounding dozens of others including doctors.

“These are just a few instances where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes.

“Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated.”

Madame Pillay was selective in her condemnation, choosing not to mention the terrorist attacks on Israeli communities in sovereign Israeli territory.

She did not mention the incessant shelling of Israeli villages, towns and cities, the Israeli homes damaged, and the Jewish, Bedouin and Druze families that have been traumatized for life. In Israel, there is no exclusivity on trauma; Shuafat resident Muhhamad Abu Khdeira, a Jerusalem Muslim Arab teen murdered in a revenge attack by Jews a few weeks ago, was also officially designated a victim of terror. His family will receive the same state benefits as any other Israeli family.

Madame Pillay did not mention the dozens of ‘family residences destroyed’ in Israel thanks to Hamas rocket fire, all without ‘even a single member of an armed group present.’

No mention of the cross-border invasions by Hamas terrorists into Israeli territory, all the attempts to kidnap and murder Israeli citizens. In one case, the terrorists succeeded and now three Israeli teens are dead.

Nor did she mention that unprovoked attack, which took place last month.

Madame Pillay did not mention the thousands of flyers dropped by the IDF days in advance warning Gaza residents to leave the areas they plan to attack, the phone calls to their homes and the SMS text messages, all in Arabic, all of which also warns the enemy as well – all in order to prevent civilian deaths.

Oddly – perhaps she was embarrassed about it, who knows – Madame Pillay also did not mention that UNRWA – the United Nations’ own Relief and Works Agency, has been caught twice during routine inspections with two of its own schools in Gaza being used as storage facilities for terrorist missiles. The most recent occurrence was, in fact, Tuesday 22 July – the very day she quoted as the offensive date of Israel’s supposed ‘war crimes.’

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395 COMMENTS

  1. Navi Pillay what an Anti Semite what a joke. Human Rights? Terrorist rights. She doesn’t care about 140,000 Syrians 700 Iraqis last week. She is the worst the UN should be defunded and thrown out of NY and Geneve. They should be in Qatar with the other terrorists

  2. No war crimes by Hamas – an internationally declared terrorist organization who initiated this war by sending missiles at civilian populations indiscriminently and relentlessly for the sole purpose of annihilating a population and which organiation admits to this singular goal.

  3. No war crimes by Hamas – an internationally declared terrorist organization who initiated this war by sending missiles at civilian populations indiscriminently and relentlessly for the sole purpose of annihilating a population and which organiation admits to this singular goal.

  4. Mikeandsons AntiquesUk where was the UN when the palastinian kill those three boys? where was the UN when they were firing the guns and the bombs to Israel? where was the UN when they committed terrorist attacks against civilliants population? UN knows that the palastinians were hiding the missels in UN Schools, Hospitals, Mosks and in the populations houses…… And they are investigating Israel for work crimes??THAT IS WRONG!!!!!!! You should investigate Hamas and the other terrorist organisations, but the only thing i know is that they are affraid to do it. I wonder why???????????????

  5. While serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1984, the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZK”L, told Netanyahu: “you will be serving in a house of darkness, but remember, that even in the darkest place; the light of a single candle can be seen far and wide…”

  6. While serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations in 1984, the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZK”L, told Netanyahu: “you will be serving in a house of darkness, but remember, that even in the darkest place; the light of a single candle can be seen far and wide…”

  7. The United Nations isn’t worth the powder it would take to blow it to hell. Its time AMERICA kicked it out and stopped ALL FUNDING from OUR TAX DOLLARS !!!!! Give a United Nations member like her a hat, a badge and a whistle and they think they are GOD ALMIGHTY !

  8. Yes…how dare Israel expose to the world UN corruption. How dare Israel discover the Hamas rockets hidden in UN buildings…The UN is a person…it has rights…those rights were violated…and blah, blah, blaaaaaahhhhhhhh….

  9. High commissioner… How dare you be so self righteous! Have you taken a moment to look at the human rights score card in your own country? If you did you would be thinking twice about your comments about Israel. You would be looking at how the UN could use the Israel model not perfect by any means as the benchmark for human rights throughout the world !

  10. Is she on drugs? Maybe she should have her glasses checked. Better yet, let her go to Israel and see what is going on. Condemning Israel? Todays headlines in the news was that Hamas refuses to accept any ceasefires or truces.

  11. UN Commission on Human Rights before you blah blah blah try to check first who start the trouble and whose to blame it.you does’nt care about the israeli civilian who suffer trauma when rockets fire with in..seconds to live run to the bomb shelter just to cover to save their own live may be you’ve seen to many casualties in Gaza side because hamas used civilian as their shields so don,t condemn IDF for protecting their people and their country..I stand with Israel Defense Forces.

  12. UN Commission on Human Rights before you blah blah blah try to check first who start the trouble and whose to blame it.you does’nt care about the israeli civilian who suffer trauma when rockets fire with in..seconds to live run to the bomb shelter just to cover to save their own live may be you’ve seen to many casualties in Gaza side because hamas used civilian as their shields so don,t condemn IDF for protecting their people and their country..I stand with Israel Defense Forces.

  13. UN Commission on Human Rights before you blah blah blah try to check first who start the trouble and whose to blame it.you does’nt care about the israeli civilian who suffer trauma when rockets fire with in..seconds to live run to the bomb shelter just to cover to save their own live may be you’ve seen to many casualties in Gaza side because hamas used civilian as their shields so don,t condemn IDF for protecting their people and their country..I stand with Israel Defense Forces.

  14. it is about time that the UN be held to the standard that this agency was intended to uphold. It lacks integrity & honesty. Show me where in its mandate that it is to FUND terrorist networks and when they FIND the arsenal cache in NOT 1 but 2 separate schools, BLAME the nation that is DEFENDING itself and its citizens from those missiles. Don’t fund the MISSILES JUST the location to house them in AND oh YEAH, let’s call them SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS & RESIDENTIAL HOMES!! TIME to do away with that very DAMAGING agency known as the UN. Now go get a job ….

  15. Let’s see here. Rockets were originally fired from Gaza into Isreal. That in itself is an act of war. Everyone knows Hamas hides behind innocent people and use them as a shield. So the U.N. Itself along with Navi Pillay are nothing more than a joke. It’s time to disband and kick the U.N. Out off the USA.

  16. There are 46 countries on the UN Human Rights Council, out of which 29 voted against Israel Here is the list of the countries… A joke. Why don’t we take a closer look at the human rights in those countries… Rape, murders, elimination of any political opponents. Zero democracy. Self proclaimed rulers. Here is the list 1. Algeria
    2. Austria
    3. Argentina
    4. Benin
    5. Botswana
    6. Brazil
    7. Burkina
    8. Chile
    9. Costa Rica
    10. Côte d’Ivoire
    11. Congo
    12. China
    13. Cuba
    14. Czech Republic
    15. Ethiopia
    16. Estonia
    17. Faso
    18. France
    19. Gabon
    20. Germany
    21. India
    22. Italy
    23. Indonesia
    24. Ireland
    25. Japan
    26. Kuwait
    27. Kenya
    28. Kazakhstan
    29. Morocco
    30. Montenegro
    31. Maldives
    32. Pakistan
    33. Macedonia
    34. Mexico
    35. Namibia
    36. Sierra Leone
    37. South Africa
    38. Saudi Arabia
    39. Venezuela
    40. Philippines
    41. Peru
    42. Romania.
    43. Republic of Korea
    44. United Arab Emirates
    45. Vietnam
    46. Russian Federation
    47. Western European
    48. United Kingdom
    49. United States

  17. That number of countries are only wanted to investigate the conflict between Hamas & Israel! Don’t twist the intention of those countries! They did not agree that Israel is responsible of casualties in Gaza! People, don’t be misled that 46 countries were holding the Israel responsible for deaths in Gaza! The main purpose is to investigate both sides!

  18. The true heartless humans in this sad drama are those who do not want peace with Israel or economic stability for there people. They build tunnels to wage war they reign rockets down on Israel. They do not love their people . They love jihad. They are Hamas.

  19. The true heartless humans in this sad drama are those who do not want peace with Israel or economic stability for there people. They build tunnels to wage war they reign rockets down on Israel. They do not love their people . They love jihad. They are Hamas.

  20. ALL people of conscience and clear reasoning support Israel

    (So – not the UN)

    I admire Netanyahu for his temperance. Very few world leaders would have shown the diplomacy or limited military responses he has toward the Palestinians under the same circumstances. Most other world leaders in power today would have shellacked the Palestinians by now, leveled Gaza, and put up parking lots and strip malls.
    There is a profoundly simple truth in play in the middle east, when you take away all the smoke and mirrors. It’s been attributed to various people, so I don’t know who said it, but it is what’s real:

    If the Palestinians laid down their weapons there would be no more war. If Israel laid down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.

    As a sovereign nation, Israel has a basic right to defend her borders and her people from violent attacks and incursion.

    Even when her methods may seem harsh – Israel has always and will always have the moral high ground in this conflict.

    The ONLY way kids and everyone else in that region stops dying, is when the cost Hammas and the Palestinians pay for killing them becomes too great to bear up under, IMV
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  21. SUCH HYPOCRISY. I AGREE WITH DAN COMMENTING BELOW. CHINA SHOULD BE CRITICIZED FOR TAKING OVER TIBET. RADICAL MOSLEMS SHOULD BE CONDEMENDED FOR ATTACKING PEOPLE OF OTHER RELGIONS AND FORCING THEM TO CONVERT OR PAY FINES, KILLING AND TORTURING PEOPLE OF OTHER RELGIONS. WOULD LIKE TO SEE A CEASE FIRE. THE PEOPLE OF GAZA CAN BE AND SHOULD BE HELPED WITH HUMANITARIAN AID, BUT NO WEAPONS. THE WHOLE AREA SHOULD BE DEMILITARIZED. I WOULD DROP EDUCATIONAL BROCHURES TO FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE, TREAT OTHERS LIKE YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. SEE GOD IN EVERYONE. TREAT ALL RELGIONS AND ETHNIC GROUPS WITH EQUAL RESPECT!!!

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