fortunately U.S. is not a member to use vito. We hope a committee will investigate Hanoun Butchery by axe of evil . Israel violates Lebanon airspace as well as borders, and threatens UNIFIL challenging UN resolution 1701, why ?! Why Israel is above law ?! It is time for sanctions against Israel and its supporters in U.S. i.e. the new cons .
United Nations Rights Council to discuss Israeli offensive in Gaza Strip
Dharam Shourie, United Nations, Nov 14: The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session tomorrow to discuss Israel's recent military actions in the northern Gaza strip that left 19 civilians dead.
The special session, being convened at the request of the Ambassador of Bahrain on behalf of the Group of Arab States and the Ambassador of Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, will be the third called since the new enhanced Council came into being in June. All of them have been on Israel.
Bahrain and Pakistan made the request following the United States veto to kill a resolution in the Security Council on Saturday which would have criticized the Israeli actions.
Meanwhile, an independent United Nations human rights expert has rejected Israel's explanation that its artillery shelling of Beit Hanoun last week was a mistake, saying it indicated premeditation.
"Since 25 June 2006, the most recent Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, I continue to receive alarming reports about deliberate attacks by Israeli forces resulting in the destruction of homes, civilian property and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip," Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari, said in a statement.
"The explanation by Israeli authorities that this wantonly criminal act was a mistake is unacceptable. The shelling and subsequent killing of civilians indicates a premeditated military tactic constituting a form of collective punishment against the Palestinian people," Kothari said. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid independent advisory experts with a mandate from the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
Kothari said "forced evictions and unjustifiable destruction" by Israeli forces constitute breaches of international human rights laws.
Israel's practice of confiscating Palestinian land, demolishing Palestinian homes, closure and the implantation of illegal settlements also continues throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, he added.
"These latest killings by Israel must act as a call for the international community to awaken from the inaction and hesitation that has marked its attention to the grave crisis in Gaza," he said, calling for an international independent investigation and the deployment of international forces in the region.