Who Voted — and Who Didn’t — for U.N. Investigation of Potential War Crimes in Gaza

The U.N. Human Rights Council has announced a probe into military operations in the region, triggering dismay from Israelis and praise from Palestinians.

Smoke rises from buildings following an Israeli airstrike in eastern Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya during a military operation on July 23.
National Journal
Marina Koren
Add to Briefcase
Marina Koren
July 23, 2014, 10:04 a.m.

The United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil voted Wed­nes­day to es­tab­lish an in­quiry to in­vest­ig­ate pos­sible war crimes in the Ga­za Strip.

Of the 47 par­ti­cip­at­ing coun­tries on the coun­cil, 29 voted for open­ing an in­vest­ig­a­tion, 17 ab­stained, and one voted against. ABC’s for­eign ed­it­or Jon Wil­li­ams has the visu­al here.

Coun­tries that voted in the af­firm­at­ive are, in al­pha­bet­ic­al or­der: Al­ger­ia, Ar­gen­tina, Brazil, Chile, China, the Demo­crat­ic Re­pub­lic of Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, In­dia, In­done­sia, Kaza­kh­stan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Mal­dives, Mex­ico, Mo­rocco, Nam­i­bia, Pakistan, Peru, the Phil­ip­pines, Rus­sia, Saudi Ar­a­bia, Si­erra Le­one, the United Ar­ab Emir­ates, Venezuela, and Vi­et­nam.

Coun­tries that ab­stained are Aus­tria, Ben­in, Bot­swana, Burk­ina Faso, the Czech Re­pub­lic, Es­to­nia, France, Ga­bon, Ger­many, Ire­land, Italy, Ja­pan, Montenegro, South Korea, Ro­mania, the Re­pub­lic of Mace­do­nia, and the United King­dom.

The sole dis­sent­ing vote came from the United States, Is­rael’s most vo­cal sup­port­er.

The U.N.’s top hu­man-rights of­fi­cial, Navi Pil­lay, said Wed­nes­day be­fore the vote that there was a “strong pos­sib­il­ity” of war crimes com­mit­ted by both sides in Ga­za. In the last two weeks of fight­ing, dur­ing Is­rael’s latest mil­it­ary of­fens­ive in the re­gion, more than 600 Palestini­ans and dozens of Is­raeli sol­diers have been killed.

Pil­lay cited both sides in a case for a probe in­to war crimes, point­ing to Is­raeli air­strikes on ci­vil­ian homes in the re­gion and to Hamas and oth­er Palestini­an mil­it­ant groups’ at­tacks on Is­raeli ci­vil­ians. She also said that Is­rael has not done enough to pro­tect ci­vil­ians in the con­flict zone.

The vote took place at a spe­cial one-day ses­sion of the coun­cil, con­vened at the re­quest of the Palestini­ans, Egypt, and Pakistan.

Is­rael faced a sim­il­ar in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to its op­er­a­tions in Ga­za in 2008, the res­ults of which cri­ti­cized the na­tion’s ac­tions dur­ing its con­flict with Hamas that year, ac­cord­ing to the Is­raeli news­pa­per Haaretz.

The in­vest­ig­a­tion is wel­comed by Palestini­ans, who have been call­ing for the U.N. to ad­dress at­tacks in­volving ci­vil­ians along the strip. Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu, who met with Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry in Tel Aviv on Wed­nes­day, called the coun­cil’s de­cision “a trav­esty” that “should be re­jec­ted.”

What We're Following See More »
ON SANCTUARY CITIES
White House Attacks Judge Who Suspended Executive Order
18 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

U.S. District Judge William Orrick Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing part of an executive order calling for the end of federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities. The decision was followed by a scathing rebuke from the White House, a precedent-breaking activity which with this White House has had no qualms. A White House statement called the decision an "egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge." The statement was followed by an inaccurate Wednesday morning tweetstorm from Trump, which railed against the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While Judge Orrick district falls within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit, Orrick himself does not serve on the Ninth Circuit.

MAY BRING CONSERVATIVES ON BOARD, BUT WHAT ABOUT MODERATES?
House GOP Circulates Amendment on Preexisting Conditions
1 hours ago
THE LATEST

"House Republicans are circulating the text of an amendment to their ObamaCare replacement bill that they believe could bring many conservatives on board. According to legislative text of the amendment," drafted by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), "the measure would allow states to apply for waivers to repeal one of ObamaCare’s core protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Conservatives argue the provision drives up premiums for healthy people, but Democrats—and many more moderate Republicans—warn it would spark a return to the days when insurance companies could charge sick people exorbitantly high premiums."

AT LEAST 30 TO BE ASSESSED
Trump to Order Review of National Monuments
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

President Trump on Wednesday "will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them—part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining, and other development." Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Tuesday said he'd be reviewing about 30 monuments.

Source:
EMERGING BUDGET FRAMEWORK?
Dems Proposes Obamacare-for-Defense Deal
17 hours ago
THE LATEST

"An emerging government funding deal would see Democrats agree to $15 billion in additional military funding in exchange for the GOP agreeing to fund healthcare subsidies, according to two congressional officials briefed on the talks. Facing a Friday deadline to pass a spending bill and avert a shutdown, Democrats are willing to go halfway to President Trump’s initial request of $30 billion in supplemental military funding."

Source:
WHITE HOUSE BLOCKING DOC REQUEST
Michael Flynn Remains A Russian-Sized Problem
17 hours ago
BREAKING

The Michael Flynn story is not going away for the White House as it tries to refocus its attention. The White House has denied requests from the House Oversight Committee for information and documents regarding payments that the former national security adviser received from Russian state television station RT and Russian firms. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings also said that Flynn failed to report these payments on his security clearance application. White House legislative director Marc Short argued that the documents requested are either not in the possession of the White House or contain sensitive information he believes is not applicable to the committee's stated investigation.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login