fredag 17 juli 2009

FN granskar Gazakriget

Israeliska medborgare har vittnat inför FN:s undersökningsgrupp om hur det är att leva i en stad som ständigt utsätts för raketangrepp.

Bearing witness to the UN in Geneva (Noam Bedein, Sderot Media Center)
"After screening two short videos in front of the panel, which depicted the 15 seconds that Sderot residents and their children have to run for their lives when the rocket alarm is activated, I concluded my presentation with the following thoughts and questions.
"I do not have enough fingers to count on my hands the amount of times rockets exploded just a few meters from a kindergarten. Would any other Western democracy tolerate even one rocket being fired toward its territory? Why is it that we must wait until a kindergarten or classroom packed with children is struck directly by a rocket in order for Israel to gain international support, to protect and do what is right for our own people?"
US President Barack Obama put it best when he visited a devastated home in Sderot during the 2008 campaign: "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that, and would expect Israel to do the same thing."

En intervju med Richard Goldstone som leder FN:s undersökningsgrupp kan läsas här:

Goldstone: Israel should cooperate (Haviv Rettig Gur, Jerusalem Post)
"The mission was tasked by the HRC resolution which created it with "investigat[ing] all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, due to the current aggression [Cast Lead]."
Israel has refused to cooperate with the mission, saying it is "congenitally biased," because the founding resolution does not mention Hamas and puts the blame on Israel even while charging the mission with investigating those crimes. "

Av det korta utdraget ur resolutionstexten ovan kan man konstatera att resolutionstexten är anti-israelisk eftersom den talar om Gaza som ockuperat trots Israel drog sig tillbaka från Gaza för flera år sedan.

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