UN Approved unprecedented open-ended probe against Israeli war crimes
The probe had originally been approved in May by the 47-member UN Human Rights Council body in the aftermath of the latest Israeli brutal aggression on Gaza last May.
The United Nations General Assembly approved an open-ended international investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians on Thursday. The investigation was first set up following “Israel's” latest aggression on Gaza earlier this year.
The UN Human Rights Council voted in May to launch the investigation after the UN Secretary-General said Israeli occupation forces may have committed war crimes during their 11-day brutal aggression earlier that month.
The resolution called for the establishment of a permanent Commission of Inquiry to monitor and report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied territories. It would be the first of its kind to have such an ongoing mandate.
The measure was approved by the Human Rights Council at the time, with 24 countries voting in favor, nine against, and 14 abstentions.
The commission appeared before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday for budgetary approval.
It was approved with 125 countries voting in favor, eight voting against, and 34 abstaining.
The Israeli brutal assault on Gaza last May left 260 Palestinian martyrs, 66 of whom were children. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, Israeli occupation forces inflicted injuries on 1,948 Palestinians, including 610 children.
It is worth mentioning that, on Oct 30, the permanent representative of "Israel" to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, brashly tore up a copy of the annual Human Rights Council report on the General Assembly of the International Organization podium in New York as it contained condemnations of war crimes by "Israel" against the Palestinians.
‘The situation in occupied Palestine has become disastrous’
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has recently said that the human rights situation in occupied Palestine has become "disastrous", with severe infringements affecting close to four million people.
In a briefing to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in Geneva, Bachelet said, "This clearly also has a damaging impact on prospects for peace and sustainable development" for the region.
“Only an end to the occupation can bring about lasting peace and establish the conditions in which the human rights of all can be fully respected”, she added.
‘Only way to deter “Israel” is to activate international accountability’
The Palestinian National Council has lately called on the UN and parliaments of the world to work on achieving peace for Palestinians who are under Israeli occupation and its settlement policies, urging the UN's Security Council to take immediate actions and implement resolutions in support of Palestinians.
It also considered that the only way to deter the enemy is to activate international accountability against the occupation and all its tools on the occupied territories, emphasizing the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation.