A MOCKERY OF HUMAN RIGHTS – 1

March 1, 2011 at 11:16 am 1 comment

GAZAN RAGE

By RALPH DOBRIN

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A U.N. department with a particularly even-handed and auspicious sounding name is the Human Rights Council (H.R.C.), set up in 2006 as the successor to the Commission on Human Rights. The Commission on Human Rights had become so shamelessly biased against Israel that it was disbanded and the H.R.C. established instead. But this Council soon proved to be no different from its predecessor. This was not surprising as 17 of the 47 countries represented were members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, including regimes with dubious human rights records such as Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya and Iran. Other repressive dictatorships on this council have included China and Cuba.

Almost as a parody written for Monty Python, Iran, known for “honor-killings” of wives, mothers and daughters, for a time actually headed the sub-committee overseeing women’s rights!

To their credit, many Western nations have tried to get the Council to deal effectively with the mass killings and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands in Darfur, yet the majority of the Council’s members choose instead to keep focusing on Israel’s actions in trying to defend itself, while largely ignoring Hizballah, Hamas and other terror organizations’ repeated indiscriminate firing of thousands of missiles at Israel’s towns and villages. When a report was produced in October 2009 by the Goldstone Commission (in itself said to be grossly biased against Israel), Muslim members of the Council rejected it on the grounds that it criticized Hamas as well as Israel, demanding that it be modified.

For three weeks during the winter of 2008-2009, a very unevenly-matched, full-scale war took place in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, which the Arabs call “the Gaza Massacre.” Israel claims that years of almost daily bombardment by Arab terrorists on Israel’s southern towns and villages, left it no alternative but to send its forces into the Gaza Strip and root them out. They dubbed the campaign “Operation Cast Lead.”

For many years the Gaza Strip has been a flash point in the Arab-Israel conflict. The scene of many bitter battles, it was also chosen as a venue of hope, when as part of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza – together with Jericho – was the first place in the Disputed (generally called “Occupied”) Territories from which Israel withdraw most of its armed forces in May 1994, handing over administration and jurisdiction to the Palestinian Authority, headed by Yasser Arafat.

But a few months after the withdrawal, Arab militants began attacking Jewish settlers as well as Israeli soldiers at border junctions. These attacks frequently elicited military responses by the Israeli armed forces – in the form of minor skirmishes or raids by helicopter gunships, as well as partial blockades of the Gaza Strip, including its port and airport. Sometimes these measures led to a period of quiet; often they caused escalation of the attacks against Jewish targets, which began to include the use of mortars and rockets.

In August 2005, Israel’s government, headed by Ariel Sharon – previously regarded by most Israelis as a very shrewd, hardline militant figure, and by most Arabs as a butchering war criminal – ordered the Army to evacuate all 21 Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip, comprising about 9,000 people, thus rendering the entire area completely free of Jews. While the move seemed to be a total turnabout from Sharon’s entire career as a tough military man and as a hawkish politician, completely contradicting his election promises, Israelis believed that it would lead to a significant, possibly complete reduction of the terrorist activities of the Arabs, and foster a better climate to reach a peace agreement. In addition to the total withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, four Jewish settlements were also dismantled in Samaria.

Till the withdrawal, it was generally believed in Israel that Arab attacks on settlers and soldiers in or near the Gaza Strip were motivated by the presence of Jewish settlers living in the Strip and the Jewish soldiers patrolling it; as well as revenge for Israeli attacks against Gazan militants (in which ordinary Arab citizens were often killed or wounded).
However, even after there wasn’t a single Jew in the entire Gaza Strip – neither soldier nor settler – the attacks on Israeli territory continued. Only now they became much more frequent and the targets were Israeli towns, villages and farming communities outside the Gaza Strip. The main tactic was mortar and rocket fire. Incursions into Israeli territory by small groups of guerillas were also attempted. (One such incursion resulted in the kidnapping in June 2006 of an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who at the time of writing is still incarcerated.) Nearly every day, Jews living near the Gaza Strip, but well within internationally recognized Israeli territory, needed to rush into their bomb shelters or cower in their streets or fields as sirens wailed warnings that deadly missiles had been launched.

Again the pattern of Arab violence led to Israeli retaliation, which in turn triggered a cycle of more violence by both sides. Meanwhile people were being killed and maimed. Because of Israel’s infinitely stronger, more sophisticated army, far more people in Gaza kept getting killed than in Israel. But this did not deter the Gazans. Arab suffering has always been part of their strategy to eventually defeat Israel, as it generates world sympathy for the Arab plight and makes Israel appear to be the brutal, wicked side. The situation became even more violent after the Hamas movement won the Palestinian legislative elections in January 2006, following this with a number of successful armed battles against Fatah, till then the major political movement throughout the Palestine administered lands. Thus Gaza fell completely under the leadership of Hamas, an uncompromisingly radical, militant Islamist movement, which has always stated categorically that it is completely opposed to any peace deal with Israel. Ceasefire for strategic purposes, yes. Peace – absolutely no!

Continued at: A mockery of human rights – 2

https://truthandsurvival.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/a-mockery-of-human-rights-%e2%80%93-2/

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