Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Friday, December 26, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon


The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Gaza, whose chair is admittedly anti-Israel (he considers Zionists to be "enemies") and whose very parameters are anti-Israel to begin with, is saying that it is trying very hard to be fair in its inquiry despite not being able to travel to Gaza:

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict (established under Resolution A/HRC/RES/S-21/1) is continuing to do its utmost to obtain access to the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and access to Israel, in order to fulfil its mandate. The Commission has repeatedly sought the cooperation of the Government of Israel to facilitate access so the Commissioners can meet face to face a wide range of victims of alleged violations and also the relevant authorities. In the absence of a response from Israel, the Commission of Inquiry is still actively seeking the cooperation of the Government of Egypt, which has indicated it is ready to facilitate the Commissioners’ travel to Gaza as soon as the security situation permits travel there.

In the meantime, the Commission of Inquiry is in the process of interviewing a wide spectrum of witnesses and victims in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory using technology to overcome the physical distance. The testimonies heard so far have been very moving and the Commissioners are deeply conscious of the enormous responsibility the victims have placed on them by trusting them with accounts of very intimate and traumatic experiences.

The Commissioners’ mandate from the Human Rights Council is, “to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights 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, whether before, during or after”. The Commissioners wish to make it clear that they interpret this mandate to include investigations of the activities of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, including attacks on Israel, as well as the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip and Israeli actions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The Commission of Inquiry is looking at a broad range of alleged violations committed by all parties, and is considering the full range of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights.

The Commissioners personally wish to reassure all those who have suffered so intensely as a result of this conflict that they will do their utmost to fulfil their mandate to the best of their abilities.
Here's where you can help.

They invite members of the public to make submissions to the Commission in English, Arabic, Hebrew or any UN official language, by post or email. Details of how to do this are given below.

Procedure for submissions:

Submissions may be sent:
By email to: coigaza@ohchr.org

By post to: The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Palais de Nations, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland.

Please indicate whether the submission, or any part of it, should be treated confidentially.

Submissions should be sent no later than 31 January 2015 in a written form and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission;
In 2009 I had sent the Goldstone Report a submission about testimony they heard from PCHR about civilian casualties, and they ignored me and published the PCHR lies without any skepticism.

But certainly things will be different this time around!

So (if you are willing to use your name) feel free to email to the Schabas Commission any of my posts (such as my analysis of Hamas human rights violations,) or pointers to the Meir Amit Terrorism and Information Center where they are finding that the ratio of terrorists killed compared to civilians is about 1:1. If you live in Israel and have first hand information to share, even better. CC: me in those emails, please.

It will be ignored, no doubt, but when the report comes out it will be nice to prove that they had the information necessary to come up with correct conclusions and they purposefully ignored it.



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