UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley criticized the International Human Rights Council’s decision to establish an independent commission to investigate the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army.
In a statement published by the US mission in New York, Hayley said the Human Rights Council had turned a blind eye to Venezuela’s “conversion to dictatorship”, the imprisonment of “thousands of political opponents” in Iran and “ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar, but he voted to open an investigation. “In the defense of a democratic state itself and its limits against terrorist attacks,” as she put it.
“This is a new day of shame for human rights,” said the US representative, who regularly criticizes any international move condemning Israeli practices against Palestinians.
Earlier on Friday, the UN Human Rights Council decided to “establish an independent international commission to investigate violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the Gaza Strip, Widespread civil protests, continuing since March 30.”
Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip border on May 14 killed dozens of Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 people on the opening day of the new US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.