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UN Rights Chief: Israeli Attacks in Gaza “Deliberate Defiance” of International Law

Al-Manar | July 31, 2014

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay lashed out at the Zionist entity on Thursday, over its attacks in Gaza, saying that such attacks are considered as Israel’s “deliberate defiance” of international law.

Pillay slammed the country’s attacks on homes, schools, hospitals and United Nations facilities which are sheltering 250,000 civilians in Gaza.

“There appears to be deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel,” the South African told reporters.

Pillay said that repeated calls to respect the laws of war had gone unheeded during the latest crisis and previous spikes in the Israeli offensive.

“The same pattern of attacks is occurring now on homes, schools, hospitals, UN premises. None of this appears to me to be accidental,” she said.

She spoke a day after Israeli shells slammed into a UN school in Jabalia refugee camp which was sheltering some 3,300 homeless Gazans, killing at least 16 people.

Pillay said that under international law, civilian facilities should not be attacked, noting that due warning must be given before an attack, in order to allow civilians to be evacuated.

“It is completely unconscionable that the proportionality and precaution that international law requires is being ignored,” said Pillay.

She also criticized Israel’s strikes on Gaza’s power plant, as well as water and sewerage systems.

Last week, the UN Human Rights Council voted to open an inquiry into the Gaza offensive, despite fierce opposition from the Zionist entity and its international sponsor, the United States.

“We cannot allow impunity. We cannot allow this lack of accountability to go on,” Pillay said on Thursday, calling into question domestic investigations by Israel into abuses.

“I join the world in condemning the aggression that is taking place in Gaza, and particularly the killing of civilians. This is wrong and it will always be wrong,” she added.

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  1. The United Nations must expel Israel from membership for these egregious atrocities committed against noncombatants in the Gaza Strip gulag. The military siege against the Palestinian people is illegal, the blockade from the Mediterranean sea is illegal and the stealing of Palestinian land in the West Bank is illegal. Palestine is a sovereign State; when will the world condemn the Zionists?


    Comment by PokeTheTruth | July 31, 2014 | Reply

  2. This is just frothing at the mouth to appease the world’s citizens who are aghast at the helplessness of NATO to rein in Israel. Israel has been in defiance of UN Resolutions and nothing was done to get it to change its policies towards the people of Palestine and I am quoting from Mark Lyall Grant, UK ambassador to UN in his justification of sanctions on Russia. Israel has been behaving more belligerent and committing greater atrocities against the Palestinian people with each conflict that it initiates. The Security Council of the UN has chosen to wring its hands in despair over the petulant tantrums of its protege that has been challenging its own authority.


    Comment by ribeekah | August 1, 2014 | Reply

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