The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released yesterday its Commission of Inquiry Report on last summer’s Gaza war. The UNHRC has a history of bias against Israel, demonstrated by the fact that the Council issues more condemnatory resolutions against Israel than against all other countries combined. Consequently, expectations for the report were not high.
One of the most glaring issues with the report is that it gives cursory treatment to the illegal tactics used by both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, including the launching of rockets from within heavily populated civilian areas. The UN report also fails to acknowledge that the tremendous suffering experienced by civilians on both sides during the Gaza war could have been avoided if Hamas had not fired rockets indiscriminately into Israel and refused a series of cease fire agreements. Additionally, while the report lists Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories as an ongoing issue, it fails to mention that Hamas is still committed to Israel’s destruction.