UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Thursday that an Israeli bombing in Gaza that left at least 253 Palestinians dead could create “war crimes” if they were shown to be insufficient.
Bachelet, in opening a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on Pakistan – instead of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – and Palestine, said he did not see any evidence that Gaza’s military bases affected by Israeli protests were being used for military purposes.
“If found uncooperative, these threats could be militant,” he told 47 people in Geneva. He also urged Hamas, which controls Gaza, to refrain from indiscriminately launching missiles into Israeli territory.
The 11-day tragedy on the Gaza Strip, which has been taking place under a 14 years old of Israel, killed at least 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured more than 1,900 people, Gaza’s medical ministry said.
At least 12 people have been killed in Israel, including three foreign workers and two children.
“Although they are said to be firing on civilians and their weapons, the Israeli insurgency has killed civilians and injured people, as well as extensive damage and destruction of property,” said a UN official, pointing to the magnitude of the devastation in Gaza.
He added that government buildings, human settlements, international humanitarian organizations, hospitals and the media have met two million people. The program of UN yatcha “The largest prison in the world”.
“Although Israel claims that many of these buildings are militant or have used them for military use, we have not seen any evidence in this regard,” he said.
“There is no doubt that Israel has a right to protect its citizens and its citizens,” he said. “However, the Palestinian people are also free. The same right. ”
The 47-member council was discussing a proposal to launch a comprehensive, international investigation into the recent violence in Gaza, as well as “systematic” persecution in Palestine and within Israel.
Saleh Hijazi, Middle East and North African regional superintendent at Amnesty International, told Al Jazeera that he had received the document as a way to establish investigative mechanisms that compile and maintain evidence consistent with international investigations into international criminal cases. regions of Palestine ”.
“It is imperative that this be addressed through the disarmament and lead to the threat to Israel and the Palestinian forces,” he said, speaking in Ramallah in the West Bank.
“This is a real test, especially for the European Union, to move forward when it comes to accountability, to exclude Israel except in terms of human rights and respect for international law,” he added.
‘Stop Cleaning the Nations’
Among those who spoke at the meeting was Muna El-Kurd, a freedom fighter and journalist from East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah, as several families met in their homes.
“We want not only your concern, we want you to stop ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and in Palestine,” he said.
He went on to describe the recent families being forced to relocate to Palestine from Sheikh Jarrah, in addition. Half of the El-Kurd’s house was confiscated by Israeli residents in 2009, which he said was an alliance between the Israeli government and civil society.
The immediate expulsion of Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah led to demonstrations from Palestine, which led to the destruction of Israel and the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque – which was considered the third most holy place in Islam. Palestinian groups in Gaza, including Hamas, say they have fired rockets in protest of Israel’s actions in East Jerusalem.
Israel launched the war when weapons began, but was criticized for using the military in the Palestinian territories.
Riyad al-Maliki, Palestinian Foreign Minister, says the failure of foreign powers to prosecute Israel for its crimes has encouraged them to continue doing so.
“There can be no peace without the end of Israel,” he said.