Senate Sides With Israel As UN Starts War Crimes Investigations
It was a prime example of poor timing. Just days after Israel bombed two United Nations schools and shut out journalists attempting to report on its activities in Gaza, and within 24 hours that the Red Cross and United Nations relief agencies announced that they would no longer be able to operate in Gaza because they had been attacked by the Israeli military, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution Number 10, a resolution that provides lopsided justification for Israel’s invasion of Gaza and completely ignores the consistent, thorough problems with the nature of Israel’s violent actions.
The Senate resolution specifically claims that “Israel has facilitated humanitarian aid to Gaza”. That’s a particularly unfortunate statement for the Senate to have made in light of Israel’s attacks against humanitarian aid workers. Under what definition do these attacks count as facilitation? It appears that, in contradiction to the claims of the Senate’s resolution, the Israeli military has been blocking humanitarian rescue teams from reaching civilians who have come under Israeli attack.
Today, less than 24 hours after the passage of S. Res. 10, new allegations of Israeli attacks that “display elements of what could constitute war crimes” are being made. These allegations aren’t just coming from Al-Jazeera, but from neutral human rights officials such as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.
Yes, the government of Gaza, operated by Hamas, appears to be guilty of atrocities as well. However, the Senate resolution already addresses those problems. If the United States is to regain the international respect that the Democrats in Congress have promised they would work toward, then our government needs to deal equally with human rights abuses and war crimes wherever they take place, and not just where they are most conveniently noted.