UN - ‘Confidential File’ of Alleged Israeli War Criminals

Arno Froese

The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza border protests has created a confidential file of Israelis who it holds could be culpable of killing peaceful Palestinians, and has asked that it be handed to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The commission also called for financial sanctions and an arms embargo against Israel.

It did so as part of a 252-page report which it submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, which is wrapping up its 40th session in Geneva.

The commission stated that, as part of its work, it placed in a dossier “relevant information” on those it deemed responsible for human rights violations that could be considered war crimes. It handed the file to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachlet. It asked her office to pass the dossier to the ICC, which is currently weighing whether a war crimes suit can be opened against Israelis.

“Responsibility also lies with those who fail to conduct investigations, that meet international standards, into the deaths and injuries, in violation of international human rights law,” it said. The commission added that: “Individuals who committed the violations directly, or who aided or ordered them to be committed, are also responsible.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry emphasized to the 47-member council that, “Instead of condemning #Hamas as the prime source of violence and instability in #Gaza,” the Commission of Inquiry “is blaming the victims of Hamas terrorism for acting in self-defense.”

In its report to the UNHRC, the Gaza commission said, it understood that Israel believed the weekly Hamas-led Palestinian protests along the Gaza border that began on March 30, 2018, constituted an existential threat. But in reality, the commission said, the protests were largely peaceful and did not constitute such a threat.

Israel has argued that the protests are violent events, in which protesters have thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers and burned tires. Palestinians have placed explosive devices by the Gaza barrier and attempted to infiltrate it. They also launched many incendiary devices into Israel, which burned thousands of dunams of fields and forests in the country’s southern region.

Retired British Army Col. Richard Kemp spoke to the UNHRC on behalf of UN Watch. “This commission has failed the Palestinian people by failing to condemn their Hamas oppressors, who as we meet today are firing on genuine peaceful protesters in Gaza,” Kemp said.

“I accuse this commission of wicked prejudice against the Jewish state and its army in a manner calculated to undermine its ability to defend itself,” Kemp said.

-www.jpost.com, 18 March 2019

Arno's commentary

In any conflict that turns violent, whether civil or military, there will be exceptions where excess force is being implemented. However, when it comes to Israel, the facts are clear: actually, it’s the only military force in the world that teaches its conscripts not to inflict undue harm on the enemy.

Besides, Hamas is one of the most brutal groups who oppress their own people. They have ruled Gaza with an iron fist, declaring uninterruptedly through their media and educational institutions that Israel is to blame for their precarious condition in the Gaza Strip.

While the prophet Isaiah addresses Israel, we may in this case apply Isaiah 59:4 to Hamas: “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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