UN Human Rights Council votes for investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians

The UN Human Rights Council has voted strongly in favour of an investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border this week.

  • For – 29 votes
  • Against – 2 votes (USA and Australia)
  • Abstained – 14

A television screen at the UN Human Rights Council shows how countries voted on a resolution approving an investigation into Israel's handling of deadly clashes on the Gaza border, on May 18, 2018. (Foreign Ministry)

New Zealand must not be on the Human Rights Council.

The Times of Israel: UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate Israel for Gaza protest deaths

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday voted to establish an investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinians during protests along the Gaza border, in a move Israel rejected as being an attempt to undermine Israel’s right to self-defense.

The council voted 29 in favor and two against with 14 countries abstaining. Australia and the US were the two countries to oppose the decision. The council also condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians.”

The “independent, international commission of inquiry” mandated by the council will be asked to produce a final report next March.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the vote and the council as “irrelevant.”

It’s not irrelevant if there is good cause to investigate indiscriminate violence and killing – this applies to both the Palestinians and the Israelis. The investigation should look at whether either or both sides acted illegally. If Human Rights may have been breached then it is appropriate to investigate.

Next March is a long to wait for a result. A lot is likely to have happened in Gaza and Israel by then.


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  1. The list of countries that want an investigation seems to be many of the countries most likely to commit human rights abuses as a matter of government policy. Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Iraq etc. Why are they on the Council? It is votes like these which brings the UN into disrepute and very easy to agree with Trump.

  2. Gezza

     /  19th May 2018

    Christ the Ockers are Yanqui Brown-nosers.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  19th May 2018

    Is there evidence the force was used indiscriminately? Since Hamas claims most of the victims were members that seems unlikely.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  19th May 2018

    Well they will have to get into Gaza by Egypt, ISRAEL will tell them to piss off, and yes it will be the same old shit report, praise be to ALLAH and the camel he rode in on

  5. Alan you got it wrong. Only Australia and the USA voted against the investigation.
    Our Malcolms rich voters of the Judaeism faith in his electorate will be well pleased with him. Same goes for his bosom buddy Bibi.
    Turnbull has now made all Aussies condoners mass murder.
    They can no longer think they are champions of dinky-di fair play.
    Thanks Mal.
    Your on your way out, this is your swan-song.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  19th May 2018

    Israel, the US, a couple of banana republics, a few Pacific Islands and Togo. Some abstained, I don’t like it it I don’t want to offend the US. The same voted for the resolution.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  19th May 2018

      The same are sane.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  19th May 2018

      Actually I agree with the resolution but there is going to be a majority for the resolution so I’ll abstain so the US doesn’t get upset.

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