Israel’s violent crackdown on Land Day protests in the Gaza Strip left at least 15 dead, and large numbers of people wounded. There are a lot of expressions of concern, but one thing there won’t be is an investigation, by anyone.
A resolution in the UN Security Council sought to call for such an inquiry, and also issuing a statement of support for the right to peaceful protest. The US, however, quickly vetoed the bill. This is unsurprising, as the US generally vetoes anything that has anything to do with Israel. US officials have so far reused to comment, because clearly vetoing a call to respect human rights, and not kill peaceful protesters, is something of an embarrassment.
There is more than a little disquiet within Israel as well, because of the perceived international fallout of the incident. The far-right government, however, went into the protest with every intention of killing protesters. and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ruled out Israel ever having any internal inquiry on the killings.
So there’s no possibility of either an international inquiry under UN auspices, or a domestic inquiry from within Israel. While NGOs are likely to offer critical accounts of what happened, this is just the latest in a long line of instances of Israel killing Arabs with impunity.
And while that isn’t necessarily surprising, it could be a very bad thing not just for international standing, but for popular sentiment within Palestine. The killings drew thousands to the funerals of the slain, and while Israel threatens to kill more next time, the casual use of lethal force against demonstrators has a constant threat of blowback against the Israeli government.
40 thoughts on “US Blocks UN Resolution Seeking Gaza Inquiry”
Its just fine to block the UN on anything they ever say or do with Israel . Most of the resolutions complaining about all the evil all the countries in the world have been committed by one little country Israel . according to the United Nation.
Well said . Most resolutions are against Israel. That might tell more about the UN then Isreal though
“Most resolutions are against Israel”
A grand total of 45 resolutions specific to Israel have been passed by the UN.
Even of country-specific resolutions, that’s fewer than half, even though there’s been a de facto Arab-Israeli state of war for 70 years now.
But of course most resolutions are not country-specific. The UN Security council alone has passed 2,407 resolutions. That includes seven this year, none of them against Israel (the seven relate to Syria, Yemen, Guinea-Bissau, Afghanistan, Sudan/South Sudan, North Korea, and setting the date for an election to fill an International Court of Justice vacancy).
Because Israel is the LAST colonial entity standing.
Did the Israelis at least ask them to say Shiboleth first for old times sake?
Its not just trump to blame. ‘This goes back much farther than that. It really doesnt seem to be who is in office,policy is always the same….Here is a list of american vetos at the un security council over the years…See a nasty biased pattern?
Madness, it’s coming. 5G
Surprisingly Nikki Haley is not demanding that the UN stop picking on Israel. I suppose the veto was satisfying enough for her and her handlers.
Suppose the Holocaust had never occurred, had never been alleged, had never been called “the Holocaust.” Imagine that no great persecution had provided the Jewish state with a special excuse for oppressive emergency measures. In other words, imagine that Israel were forced to justify itself like any other state.
In that case, Israel’s treatment of its Arab minorities would appear to the world in a very different light. Its denial of equal or even basic rights to those minorities would lack the excuse of a past or prospective “Holocaust.” Civilized people would expect it to treat those it ruled with impartial justice. Special privileges for Jews would appear as outrageous discrimination, no different from insulting legal discrimination against Jews. The sense — and excuse — of perpetual crisis would be absent. Israel might be forced or pressured, possibly against its will, to be “normal.” If it chose to be democratic, its Jews would have to take their chance of being outnumbered, just like majorities in other democracies. Nobody would suppose that losing elections would mean their annihilation.
In short, the Holocaust has become a device for exempting Jews from normal human obligations. It has authorized them to bully and blackmail, to extort and oppress. This is all quite irrational, because even if six million Jews were murdered during World War II, the survivors are not entitled to commit the slightest injustice. If your father was stabbed in the street, that’s a pity, but it’s not an excuse for picking someone else’s pocket.
-excerpted from an article by Joe Sobran
In 1970 the Libyan government issued new laws that confiscated all the assets of Libya’s Jews, issuing in their stead 15-year bonds. However, when the bonds matured no compensation was paid. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi justified this on the grounds that “the alignment of the Jews with Israel, the Arab nations’ enemy, has forfeited their right to compensation.”
Although the main synagogue in Tripoli was renovated in 1999, it has not reopened for services. The last Jew in Libya, Esmeralda Meghnagi, died in February 2002. Israel is home to about 40,000 Jews of Libyan descent, who maintain unique traditions.
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