By Middle East Affairs
Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the U.N.’s top human rights official said there is “little evidence” that Israel made efforts to minimize Palestinians deaths after reports showed that 62 had been killed by Israeli ammunition at the Gaza border on Monday.
Al-Hussein has supported efforts for an international investigation into Israeli’s massacre of Palestinians over the last six weeks as they protested in the Great Return marches, a memo to their desire to return to their ancestral home.
A special session in Geneve of the UN Human Rights Council was called to consider a resolution backed by Pakistan and other Muslim nations who desire the Council to begin an “independent, international commission of inquiry.”
Aviva Raz Schechter, Israeli ambassador said of the Council members, “It is regrettable that so many member states allow themselves to be misled by the false narrative of so-called peaceful protests.”
“The stark contrast in casualties on both sides is also suggestive of a wholly disproportionate response,” said Al-Hussein, who is aware that some Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and used wire-cutters on border fences, but said, “these actions alone do not appear to constitute the imminent threat to life or deadly injury which could justify the use of lethal force.”
The United States immediately blocked an inquiry which asked for an independent investigation into Israel’s use of brutal forces., despite international support from major countries. Alongside Israel, the U.S. has accused the 47-member council of being anti-Israel.
Israel’s response to the Council’s meeting on Friday was that the investigation is not needed. Aviva Raz Schechter, an Israeli ambassador said it is “politically motivated and won’t improve the situation on the ground by even one iota.”
Israel blames Hamas for the killings on Monday, “The unfortunate outcome of Monday’s riots can only be attributed to Hamas’ cynical exploitation of its own population in a violent campaign against Israel,” Schechter said.
The human rights chief said during the council’s meeting, “Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week,” he said. “End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear.”