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UN Human Rights Council vote for Commission of Inquiry on alleged war crimes in Gaza,  July 23, 2014. (Photo: Twitter)

UN Human Rights Council vote for Commission of Inquiry on alleged war crimes in Gaza, July 23, 2014. (Photo: Twitter)

The U.S. has cast the sole vote against establishing an investigation by the United Nations into war crimes committed in Gaza.

Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted 29-1, with 17 abstentions, to establish an inquiry. The United States was the only no vote. The European nations on the council all abstained.

In a statement, the UN Human Rights Council said it voted tourgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations” of international law “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.” 

The UN’s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, said that “there seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.”

The Israeli government immediately condemned the vote. “The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” the Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. “The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas.”

The Israeli news website YNet reported that officials were contemplating whether or not to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council in response to the vote. Israel has long decried the Human Rights Council’s focus on Israel. Both the United States and Israel had withdrawn from the council in recent years over its focus on Israel, but had rejoined over the past two years.

A key U.S. priority at the UN has been shielding Israel from criticism of its human rights record. In 2009, then U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the U.S. rejoined the Human Rights Council so she could, in part, “fight against the anti-Israel crap.” And in 2013, Rice told Reform Jews that a “huge part”‘ of her job was defending Israel.

Israeli assaults on Gaza inevitably draw the council to establish inquiries.

In 2009, the Human Rights Council’s decision to do so lead to what became known as the Goldstone Report. Respected South African Jewish jurist Richard Goldstone authored the comprehensive report which condemned Israel’s attack, saying it was designed to “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability.” The U.S. voiced strong criticisms of the report and ensured that its findings of Israeli war crimes would not come up for a vote at the Security Council or be referred to an international court.

The impact of the Goldstone Report’s findings were diminished after Goldstone himself recanted a key finding of the report: that Israel deliberately targeted civilians. The other three members of the inquiry sharply disagreed with Goldstone’s recantation.

Whether this report on Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” will attract the attention the Goldstone Report received likely depends on who is chosen to lead the authoring of the report. Goldstone was demonized after his report was published.

The UN Human Rights Council found that Israel’s 2012 assault on Gaza violated international law. They also found that Palestinian militant groups violated the law. But nothing substantive came from that report.

Alex Kane

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist who focuses on Israel/Palestine and civil liberties. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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  1. tombishop on July 24, 2014, 12:20 pm

    The international community should convene an international conference, specifically excluding the U.S. and Israel, to address the genocide of the Palestinians. The U.S. has abdicated any role as a world leader and the rest of the world should go on without them.

  2. jenin on July 24, 2014, 12:23 pm

    “‘The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,’ the Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. ‘The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas.’” so let me get this straight: Israel kills hundreds of innocent men, women, and children with abandon, but the decision to investigate war crimes is the travesty? and of course, the decision to investigate will result in more human shields? how does that even make sense? how stupid do they think people are?

    • Kay24 on July 24, 2014, 1:22 pm

      Well, they have the arrogance to think we are all stupid, and that we cannot see through their lies. We see the evidence in front of our eyes, the children being bomb blasted while playing, the hundreds of homes now simply rubble, the children dying, bleeding, limbs torn, the babies who could not live long on this earth, because of zionist rage, and yet we are supposed to cast ALL blame on Hamas. I am beginning to think that zionism, is a mental disease, and those inflicted act irrational and violently.

      • jenin on July 24, 2014, 2:13 pm

        Kay, a year ago I would have said your last sentence is going too far. Now I agree. What I’ve seen — the justifications, the irrationality, the hatred, the blatant racism –it’s unbelievable. It seems to me that the people who defend this — and there are too many of them — for some reason will do anything, say anything, defend anything, to protect Israel. I don’t, I can’t, understand it. How can Israel be more important than life, than human rights, than everything we should have learned from the Holocaust? they learned nothing, absolutely nothing, from the tragedies of history. It truly makes me despair

      • Kay24 on July 24, 2014, 4:45 pm

        I do not blame you for thinking that way. I think this war has opened a lot of eyes, including many folks like you. I have seen many ugly racist videos, and read racist comments from these zionists, through the years, and I did not find it hard to see, the crimes against powerless human beings, also was part of that hatred, and that many violent and racist saying by Israeli leaders, though disputed, seem to be true, by the actions of Israel.
        I think the article on Mondoweiss by Adam showing a group of wonderful Jewish people protesting the crimes by Israel is very encouraging.

      • Daniel Rich on July 24, 2014, 9:33 pm

        @ Jenin Younes,

        Q: they learned nothing, absolutely nothing, from the tragedies of history. It truly makes me despair

        R: You are absolutely not alone in this. I encounter a lot of confusion [or perhaps I should say ‘individuals who’re morally lost’?].

    • can of worms on July 24, 2014, 1:46 pm

      “how stupid do they think people are?”

      In brackets: This in-your-face hasbara is purest political propaganda kitsch, nothing more. The apartheid state has developed a ‘special relationship’ to the gaudy, the kitschy, the mass-produced, although probably that is the province of all fascist regimes. That sentimental stuff is the only thing selling Israel and pooling in the core ‘aliya’ from France and USA.

    • piotr on July 25, 2014, 8:30 am

      It makes perfect sense. There are two kinds of people killed by IDF: terrorists and human shields. Killing is performed when Israeli public is irate. UNHRC is fraying the nerves of Israeli public.

  3. Donald on July 24, 2014, 12:30 pm

    “Israel has long decried the Human Rights Council’s focus on Israel. ”

    I wish Hostage were here.

    Anyway, in the past year or so I’ve seen pro-Israel types make that claim many times here and at other blogs. In response, I would click over to the home page of the UN right’s council to see what was there. Virtually every time Syria was on the front page, or maybe every time. I can’t remember now if Israel was on there once, or zero times. Then I’d click through and find all kinds of material on all kinds of subjects.

    I haven’t clicked today–I imagine today Israel is on the front page. And there’s probably some metric where Israel receives more attention than the average human rights violator, though if so it’s for the same reason South Africa did–it’s because Israel and at that time South Africa were the last vestiges of European colonial settler states. And in practice, with the US there to protect Israel no matter what, Israel has had far less to fear than apartheid South Africa. But expect to see people claim that the UN Human Rights Council does nothing but talk about Israel all day, and it’s just not true.

    • Donald on July 24, 2014, 12:34 pm

      And yes, today Israel is on the front page.


      And I know I have never seen the web page look like this in the half dozen or so times I’ve visited in the past year or so. Usually there are references to Syria and maybe some other country. Of course the reason is obvious–right now, Israel/Palestine is on the front pages of the news.

    • Marnie on July 24, 2014, 12:37 pm

      The Israeli government immediately condemned the vote. “The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” the Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. “The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas.”
      The decision today by the UNHRC is some proof that there are decent people everywhere and they will hold israel accountable for their crimes against humanity.
      But you have to do more than talk. Get to it.

      • lysias on July 24, 2014, 1:16 pm

        Hitler says in Mein Kampf that the Nazi Party (and similar parties) should pick only a single enemy, because, if too many groups disagree with the party, even party members will start to wonder whether the party might not be wrong.

        The thought that too many parties disagreeing might have this effect — which even Hitler recognized — seems not to have occurred to the Israeli leadership.

      • Kay24 on July 24, 2014, 1:26 pm

        They might recognize it, but arrogance makes them not care a damn.

      • Marnie on July 25, 2014, 5:48 am


    • can of worms on July 24, 2014, 12:39 pm

      Donald, here is the entire hasbara enchilada: the stunning transcript of testimony delivered 23 July 2014, by UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer, at the UN Human Rights Council Emergency Session on Gaza —


    • Taxi on July 24, 2014, 12:44 pm

      Speaking of Hostage, I’d love his take on this despicable UN Vice Chair vote:

  4. samlebon2306 on July 24, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Then what? Do you think they will impose sanction on Israel? The UN is a farce.

  5. traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 1:03 pm

    The Israeli news website YNet reported that officials were contemplating whether or not to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council in response to the vote. Israel has long decried the Human Rights Council’s focus on Israel. ”

    If only Arab had that option in 1947-
    Arabs have decided to withdraw from UN. Its focus on getting a Zionist foothold in the midst of Palestine has been an irritant from the days when idea of controlling the nonWestern countries throigh quasi international bodies and pacts started becoming a fashion . By staying in the body they would give legitimacy to big fraudulent
    activity and by withdrawing en masse the Arab could make this body illegal to Arab and some other countries rendering any decision illegal ,non binding and open to future challenge.

  6. samlebon2306 on July 24, 2014, 1:07 pm

    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

    • Ohmz27 on July 25, 2014, 3:11 am

      So true, it saddened me to see my country abstained, along with the other EU countries. Maybe they had a good line of thought over abstaining, but it can only be the easiest thing for decent leaders to cast a ‘Yes’ vote to the question that was asked.. I mean, even if there has been no wars, no conflicts, nothing – “Should we investigate crimes?” – Yes, why not?

  7. eGuard on July 24, 2014, 1:12 pm

    [T]he Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. “The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel

    They should know.

    • cosmopolite on August 5, 2016, 11:41 pm

      People libel people. People cannot libel a collective entity, much less a nation-state. And criticism of public policy, even wrong-headed criticism grounded in factual errors, is not libel.

  8. eGuard on July 24, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Abstained: UK, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Ireland. They must be proud.

    • Kay24 on July 24, 2014, 2:09 pm

      Either they had their arms twisted, doing big deals with the murderers, purchasing weapons, or providing weapons to kill civilians, or in partners in some crime.
      There must be a reason, or why else should these developed democratic nations NOT want to investigate the massacre in Gaza?

      • James Canning on July 24, 2014, 2:18 pm

        Israel lobby wanted no investigation.

      • Justpassingby on July 24, 2014, 2:18 pm

        nothing new they have always done this. same with the earlier assaults on Gaza.

      • tokyobk on July 24, 2014, 4:36 pm

        I think the general Japanese sentiment leans towards Palestinians. This comes from not having any predisposed dislike of Arabs, Muslims and most of all a reflexive dislike of (and embarrassment regarding) nationalism, especially armed and dangerous nationalism. So when things flare up there mostly what I hear is what is wrong with Israel that they are doing this? The average government bureaucrat is “Arabist” in outlook because of the above but also because Japan needs oil (has always needed to import 100% of its oil which was a big reason for WWII). Japanese academics who deal with the subject tend to be very critical of Israel at the least and more often than not actively pro-Palestinian.
        I still keep a subscription to the high school paper I used to first decipher written Japanese, because it tells me what Japan want to tell its children. The coverage on I/P carries the same sentiment, I think.
        But, Japan has an issue much more important to it than any other, certainly than any far away conflagration, and that is looming, rising China and for this reason it always keeps America closest, whether it feels friendly or unfriendly, in agreement or disagreement.
        I read “Abstain” in this way.

      • amigo on July 24, 2014, 5:36 pm

        Kay, here is what I found re the Irish position.It is a bit wishy washy but not completely unreasonable.

        ” Source: AP/Press Association Images

        Late last night, the Department of Foreign Affairs also issued a statement to outline Ireland’s position following the vote.

        Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien said that Irish people were “appalled” by the violence in Gaza and the “very high and unacceptable level of civilian casualties”.

        “It is clear to us that neither side is paying adequate regard to the cost of their actions on innocent civilians,” she added.

        Ireland has called for an “end of the restrictions imposed on the people by the continuing Israeli blockade and the general closing off of Gaza” and the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1860.

        (That 2009 resolution calls for a full and immediate ceasefire and a full withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.)

        “The continued absence for people in Gaza of any political or economic perspective for the future is a breeding ground for extremist action,” continued O’Brien.

        “Ireland fully accepts that the Government of Israel has the right to defend its people, but this right does not negate the rights of others. Any use of military force in self defence must be in accordance with international humanitarian law, and in particular must be both discriminate and proportionate.

        In view of the casualty figures, we do not believe that this has been the case.

        “We would also stress that the firing of missiles against Israeli civilian targets is without doubt contrary to international law.”

        O’Brien concluded that Ireland would like to support an “appropriate investigation into breaches of international law”

    • amigo on July 24, 2014, 2:50 pm

      To be fair, As I understand it , they (Ireland) abstained because they like some others wanted the resolution to include an investigation of Hamas .

      If that is true, then I don,t see a problem.

      It denies the zionists the excuse that the UN is not even handed.

      They wont co operate any way.

  9. James Canning on July 24, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Rather pathetic, on the part of the US. And rather predictable, sadly.

    • Justpassingby on July 24, 2014, 2:19 pm

      arent you from UK? So shame on them too perhaps?

      • James Canning on July 24, 2014, 2:26 pm

        US voted against. And abstention would have been better.

      • MHughes976 on July 24, 2014, 4:12 pm

        I don’t know whether James is from the UK but I certainly am and I readily admit that our record on Palestine is shameful.

      • James Canning on July 24, 2014, 7:17 pm

        Perhaps we should remember that the UK had the good sense to try to force Israel out of all territories occupied during the 1967 war, asap.

      • Justpassingby on July 25, 2014, 3:16 am

        Yeah so? They abstained here, do you condemn the UK?

    • seafoid on July 24, 2014, 3:55 pm

      It’s SO obvious that Jewish money is behind what the US does wrt Israel.
      And every time they support the thugs at the UN the US loses a little more face.
      And the fact that Israel still needs the bots back in DC shows how weak it is.

      • amigo on July 24, 2014, 4:08 pm

        The universe is wrong.

        Two exceptions.

      • tokyobk on July 24, 2014, 4:53 pm

        Do tell Amigo, what are those exceptions?

        Seafoid, “Jewish” money may buy senators but it does not buy Christian zionism and does not fully explain why the US wants that strip of land for its own empire purposes.

      • lysias on July 24, 2014, 5:01 pm

        My understanding is that Hagee is very much paid off.

      • Donald on July 24, 2014, 5:07 pm

        “Christian zionism”

        Christian Zionism, and I know the type firsthand, influences the Republican Party. I don’t think they would have much sway with most Democrats, except maybe in purple or even red states where a Democrat needs all the help he or she can get (and isn’t likely to get it from the all powerful Palestinian lobby).

        Thanks for the Japan analysis upthread, btw.

      • tokyobk on July 24, 2014, 5:12 pm

        Donald, I was thinking of the most recent Pew which depicts as you say the republican aspect but I think among Christian democrats it is still above 50% pro Israel though that may change. Someone insistent on the Jewish element will say the Jews own all the media so that is why Christians are Zionist but I don’t think that is true and I also don’t think that explains US foreign policy interests which as of now are perceived as overlapping. I think if anyone can convince the US that Israel is not worth it, it is Bibi though and he sure seems to be trying.

      • Keith on July 24, 2014, 6:43 pm

        TOKYOBK- “…does not fully explain why the US wants that strip of land for its own empire purposes.”

        Neither the US nor Israel want the Gaza strip. Okay, maybe Israel somewhat due to potential offshore gas fields. The primary reason for this assault, however, is to destroy Hamas, even as Egypt destroys the Muslim Brotherhood. The harsh siege came about after Hamas won the elections in Gaza, an unacceptable result for US/Israel. After Hamas, then comes Hezbollah. You are with us or against us. Every potential competitor to empire is under attack or will be. The long war is here. The present is bleak, and I fear that the future will be bleaker.

      • annie on July 24, 2014, 8:14 pm

        After Hamas, then comes Hezbollah. You are with us or against us.

        hmm, not sure hezbollah will sit around that long. rumor has it, according to nasrallah, gaza will not be going down.

      • James Canning on July 25, 2014, 2:21 pm

        Hamas favours the overthrow of the Syrian government. Hezbollah of course is a strong supporter of that government.

      • James Canning on July 25, 2014, 2:23 pm

        @Keith – – Israel seeks to weaken Hamas. But not to destroy Hamas.

      • James Canning on July 24, 2014, 7:13 pm

        The US “wants” a strip of land?

      • James Canning on July 24, 2014, 7:19 pm

        The power of the Israel lobby indeed has a great deal to do with money. Of which Jews in the US have huge amounts.

      • tokyobk on July 24, 2014, 9:05 pm

        Keith I don’t disagree with you at all on your grim prognosis or that this war is about destroying Hamas. That goal is obviously shared by the US and makes my point that they have their own reasons for being involved there besides “Jewish money.”

        Yes, of course the US wants strips of land and in fact stakes its empire on them.

        You guys do know that the war in the Pacific was fought over strips of land, right, and won by their steady capturing? You have seen a picture of Midway? Do you think they fought to the death at Iwo Jima over sulfur? And the US prescience now in Asia, which it considered is new pivot, is mostly strips, small airfields. The Suez is a (giant) strip of land as well. etc…

        The US has its own reasons for wanting to control Israel. Its a dialogue, dysfunctional as it is and perhaps scrapped in the future. If not Israel than the PA which is why it has seduced Abbas.

      • James Canning on July 25, 2014, 2:19 pm

        The US “controls Israel”? Silly notion.

      • libra on July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

        The US has its own reasons for wanting to control Israel.

        tokyobk counsels the IDF. “War crimes? We were only obeying US orders.”

  10. bilal a on July 24, 2014, 1:40 pm

    “Libel” — the Blood libel is the old anti- semitic canard , irrational and disproved, that Jews, or some other group, such as Hamas, somehow are indifferent to the trafficking, or even murder of, children, ie as in indifferently using children as human shields, or telegenic dead.

    Alan Dershowitz Defends Palin on ‘Blood Libel’

    There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

    recently Electronic Intifada accused JJ Goldberg of a ‘libel’ (on democracy now.)

  11. Sycamores on July 24, 2014, 2:53 pm

    depends on who is chosen to lead the authoring of the report

    the last time most of those who were asked by the UNHRC to do the fact finding mission declined and ran for the hills like scared sheep, including Mary Robinson (UN commissioner) and a former finnish PM. Goldstone only agree after updating the original mandate to include the violations of Hamas as well as that of Israel. looking at what happen to Goldstone i’m sure there will be a rush of UN commissioners en-mass for the hills.

    • Denis on July 24, 2014, 6:03 pm

      Syc: looking at what happen to Goldstone . . .

      Indeed. Let’s look at what happened to Goldstone.

      When Goldstone excoriated GoI for Cast Lead and raised the specter of prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Israeli politicians went off like anti-personnel mines on hot pavement. Peres called the report a “mockery of history.” Barak, who was responsible for the entire genocidal event, called the report “unconscionable.” Bibi called the Goldstone Mission a “kangaroo court.” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz denounced Goldstone as an “anti-Semite.” A huge amount of pressure was put on the US administration to quarantine the report. Congress, funded and directed by America’s Zionist Jews, tried to sink the report. In Nov. 2009 the House passed a resolution 344-36 to oppose any endorsement of the report by Obama. That’s 10-freaking-to-one. The Israeli press and politicians were all over the resolution, like flies on the bodies the IDF left behind.

      And then the Zionists went after Goldstone’s daughter, Nicole. Foxman called on Goldstone to repudiate his own report, saying: “I know you to be a proud Jew who serves on the Board of Trustees of Hebrew University and who has a daughter living in Israel,” which was seen by many as a not-so-subtle threat against her.

      Eventually Goldstone scummed to the hateful invective of Zionist Jews — who knows what sorts of threats he and Nicole received from Shin Bet. She was vilified publicly and I believe she ended up leaving Israel. In what at first looked like an April Fool’s joke, on Apr01.2001 Goldstone published an op-ed in the Washington Post. Taking an “if-I’d-only-known-then-what-I-know-now” approach, Goldstone walked-back his own personal conclusions in the GR that IDF had purposefully targeted civilians in Cast Lead.

      Well, what did he learn after the report was published that changed his mind? Recall that GoI resolutely refused to participate in the UN’s investigation. What GoI did instead was to have the IDF investigate themselves. And they did this behind closed doors. And they concluded – surprise! – that there were no problems. IDF did everything according to the book and the problem was that the Palestinians kept getting in the way of the IDF cluster bombs and WP shells. Like that pesky Halima family of 5 who were killed when the IDF dropped white phosphorus bombs on the family home. Or that al-Simouni family of 29 who were all killed in their beds late at night when the IDF dropped a bomb on their house.

      After reviewing the IDF’s investigation of itself, Goldstone was, apparently, alright with the IDF murders. For instance, that nasty bombing of the al-Simouni family was just a regrettable human error, said Goldestone in his WaPo piece, “apparently the consequence of an Israeli commander’s erroneous interpretation of a drone image.” And so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

      No doubt that after Goldstone retracted his “anti-Semetic” criticisms of Israel, Nicole found fewer cold shoulders in Tel Aviv or Brooklyn, or wherever she was, and Goldstone proved himself to be the “proud Jew” deserving of Foxman’s assessment.

      But the Goldstone Report was not the product of just one man. It was the product of an intensive investigation and writing effort of an entire team – the Mission. Goldstone does not own the report he is named for any more than Amerigo Vespucci owned America, and Goldstone’s after-opinion of the Report is of no greater import than the opinion of any other member of the Mission or any member of the Human Rights Council, which accepted the Report. Nobody else backed off.

      Hopefully, the Human Rights Council has learned a lesson and will choose someone to lead the investigation of the present GoI war crimes who is beyond peer pressure of Zionist Jews. Maybe a Mormon. Or Roger Waters would be perfect.

      • traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 7:50 pm

        Did not they excommunicate him by threatening not hold Bar Mitzhvah for his son.?

      • ejran on July 25, 2014, 8:07 am

        Thank you for this.
        Anyone who reads the report and then Goldstone’s retraction will immediately notice the difference in language- the latter is almost shocking in its apologetic nature, condemning Hamas 100% and absolving Israel in all-too-familiar hasbara words. It does not require special effort to see it was written under pressure. It brought to my mind this.

        The world should learn from the past. The Goldstone report is extremely important for understanding the policy behind the current offensive, the targeting of homes, farm lands, civilians; the use of Palestinians as human shields by the IDF. Much of this has NOT been retracted. It includes statements that are not “subjective findings”:

        “What happened in the Dahiye Quarter of Beirut in 2006, will happen in every village from which shots are fired on Israel. We will use disproportionate force against it and we will cause immense damage and destruction. From our point of view these are not civilian villages but military bases.
        This is not a recommendation, this is the plan, and it has already been authorized.”
        Einsenkott, 2008.

        6 January 2009, Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai: “It [should be] possible to destroy Gaza, so they will understand not to mess with us. (…) It is a great opportunity to demolish thousands of houses of all the terrorists, so they will think twice before they launch rockets. (…) In my opinion, they should be razed to the ground, so thousands of houses, tunnels and industries will be demolished”.
        “Even if the rockets fall in an open air or to the sea, we should hit their infrastructure, and destroy 100 homes for every rocket fired.”

      • James Canning on July 25, 2014, 1:43 pm

        Israel’s policy is “an eye for an eyelash”. And endless war too.

      • piotr on July 25, 2014, 8:41 am

        I guess the Israeli investigation was if IDF operation followed the rules of halacha. Like, “you should kill all their cattle”: are chicken a sufficient substitute?

        Now we have operation “collect 200 Philistine foreskins”. Accordingly, IDF abandoned Barak’s method of strifing from a safe distance.

        PS. To observant Jews here: by “halacha”, here I mean opinion issued by rabbis on Israeli military and municipal payrolls, and of course, the Rabbinates. Your own understanding of Jewish law may be different (I hope!). As a non-believer, I cannot venture an opinion what is “correct halacha”.

  12. Boomer on July 24, 2014, 2:54 pm

    Odd, I didn’t see anything about this on NBC or CBS this morning. Nor in my local (Hearst) newspaper (which did, however, have a long front-page story about heroic Americans in the “IDF.” I didn’t see it when I checked the headlines on Google News either. It must not be considered newsworthy for Americans. However, when I did a search for it (prompted by seeing the news here) I did find an article in a UK paper, in which Israel’s PM tells the UK that Israel is suffering like Britain did in the Blitz, and Hamas is like the Nazis.

  13. Kathleen on July 24, 2014, 3:22 pm

    How many times has the U.S. blocked UN investigations into Israel’s war crimes? How many times has the U.S. blocked sending in UN observers into the conflict? Six I believe

  14. lysias on July 24, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Sen. Mikulski, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has released the draft text of her emergency supplemental bill, which includes extra funding for Israel’s Iron Dome. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act. It brazenly says “in support of Operation Protective Edge”:

    11 TITLE III
    15 For an additional amount for ??Procurement, De-
    16 fense-Wide??, $225,000,000, to remain available until Sep-
    17 tember 30, 2015, which shall be for the Secretary of De-
    18 fense to provide to the Government of Israel for the pro-
    19 curement of the Iron Dome defense system to counter
    20 short-range rocket threats: Provided, That such funds
    21 shall be transferred immediately only through an exchange
    22 of letters to address emergent operations in support of Op-
    23 eration Protective Edge, notwithstanding section
    24 of the U.S.-Israel Iron Dome Procurement Agreement:
    25 Provided further, That nothing in this paragraph shall be
    July 23, 2014 (11:28 a.m.)
    1 construed to apply to previously appropriated funds for
    2 the procurement of Iron Dome: Provided further, That
    3 such amount is designated by the Congress as an emer-
    4 gency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of
    5 the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act
    6 of 1985.

    • just on July 24, 2014, 5:49 pm

      Drafting vehement objection right now.

      Mikulski and her co- conspirators against humanity, our national security and welfare need to be tossed.

      All 535 of them.

      • traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 7:51 pm

        He will get back most of the money in next election cycle.

      • lysias on July 25, 2014, 9:49 am

        Mikulski is a she, Barbara Mikulski. (One of my senators, as it happens. Being from Maryland, she’s also a big supporter of the NSA, Maryland’s biggest employer. A Democrat, like Obama.)

  15. traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Bloomberg was lambasting US decision not to fly to Israel. He is not alone .I am sure other Zio were long same. Lo and behold FAA is flying agin. Is it under the pressure o keep the image of Israel as. Normal country open or business ?

    • Kay24 on July 24, 2014, 8:25 pm

      When it suits the zios the rockets are dangerous and their poor people keep fleeing to shelters, but when they want the tourist dollars to keep coming, oh my goodness, it is so safe for every one. Pffft, yeah right.

    • Kathleen on July 25, 2014, 10:01 am

      Who knew that Bloomberg’s new position was head of the FAA.

  16. traintosiberia on July 24, 2014, 8:25 pm
    Just out. How Netanyhu tried to pressure Clinton to release Pollard letting him on into the secrets that Israel had the tapes on Lewinsky . Clinton was vehemently opposed by intelligence.

    How many Congremmen and senators or media honchos are similarly compromised ? They did this to Clinton who had done so much for Israel. Never believe the Zionist . They just can’t be trusted . They have no qualms to do what they think is good for them.selves and that definition is elastic and always increasing in size .

  17. ckg on July 24, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Please let your feelings be known to @USUN , @AmbassadorPower or @JohnKerry. And please get a Twitter account if you don’t have one. (After all, you don’t really think Amb. Power or Sec. Kerry read Mondoweiss, do you?)

  18. Ohmz27 on July 25, 2014, 3:25 am

    “The decision today by the UNHRC is a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere,” the Israeli government said in a statement sent to journalists. “The predicable result will be the libeling of Israel and even greater use of human shields in the future by Hamas.”

    Obviously this is a blatant lie, the absolute opposite is true. It should be the easiest thing to vote yes for war crimes to be investigated, for decent people. Even if there’s 0% chance of war crimes having taken place, it’s still the type of question that deserves a ‘Yes’ – in my eyes it’s almost a rhetorical question – “Should we or should we not investigate crime?”, well of course we should! If they hadn’t committed any war crimes, then they would have welcomed the vote – it would have been good publicity for them if later headlines read “Israel handling situation in most humane manner in face of terrorism, example for all”, but obviously they’re trying to hide away and limit negative publicity, shame on them… What I find really saddening, though, is the wording “human shields”… So they only see Palestinian civilians as shields protecting a greater evil, fair game to gun down. Even If they are being used as shields by Hamas, that’s no reason they should be killed, innocent civvies trapped in conflict should be protected. Hell, some cultures treated their actual material shields better than the Israel treats innocent humans born to the ‘wrong side of the wall’. Hope some actual actions come from the UN, Palestine needs some resistance between them and their killers, quite depressing that after everything, the larger world is still at the stage of asking questions to determine if what’s going on should be allowed to continue.

  19. Bob_Salad on July 25, 2014, 8:10 am

    Ashamed of the UK today. Not for the first time and it definitely won’t be the last.

    What is it, $100,000,000 in annual arms sales to Israel? We shouldn’t be surprised that they shat their pants and pushed the Abst button really. Murdering civilians is big business and the UK’s not going to give up its slice of genocide pie.

    Europe is just so f’ing spineless.

  20. German Lefty on July 25, 2014, 9:14 am

    All In With Chris Hayes 07/24/14
    Ted Cruz’s Israel opportunism
    With Cruz’s criticism of the FAA’s ban on flights to Israel, he’s seizing the opportunity to show the pro-Israel GOP base that he’s their guy.
    Did a third intifada begin tonight?
    As the death toll continues to mount in Gaza, thousands of protesters marched from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli security forces. Chris Hayes talks with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, one of the founders of the Palestinian National Initiative party, and NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin.

  21. James Canning on July 25, 2014, 6:35 pm

    Israeli tail tends to wag American dog.

  22. hellsbells on November 28, 2014, 7:52 pm

    It seems to me that to focus on Israel is a good thing. We only have a limited set of resources to deal with fascist states, it makes perfect sense to knock them off one at a time based on scale of abuse, length of conflict, international implication, number of people impacted and likely chance of success.

    If Israel is or isn’t a worthy target or if other states should have our focus it should be possible to review a comparison matrix and make an objective assessment. My guts says if you want to change the world, start with the group/nation most involved in screwing it up, Israel.

    17 abstentions is a pretty clear indication manipulation. Perhaps on these vote abstaining should either not be an option. It is a farce to claim that national government with their resources in justice and foreign affairs are incapable to making a clear decision based on facts. We don’t allow abstentions in any jury process I know of, why are we allowing it in issues of international justice? Nor would a jury be constructed to give the power of veto to any member.

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