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Statement by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to UN Human Rights Council decision to launch Commission of Inquiry over Operation Guardian of the Walls (27/05/21)

MFA’s comment on the HRC resolution

Israel rejects outright the resolution adopted today (Thursday, 27 May 2021) by the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body with a built-in anti-Israel majority, guided by hypocrisy and absurdity.

Any resolution that fails to condemn the firing of over 4,300 rockets by a terror organization at Israeli civilians, or even to mention the terror organization Hamas, is nothing more than a moral failure and a stain on the international community and the UN.

Israeli security forces acted with the highest ethical standards, in accordance with international law, in defending our citizens from Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket fire. Hamas is committing a double war crime – firing from civilian locations inside Gaza, at Israeli civilians. This resolution ignores that completely.

The purpose of the Commission of Inquiry established by today’s resolution is to whitewash crimes committed by the terror organization Hamas, and to incriminate Israel’s actions to defend itself and its population. Israel cannot and will not cooperate with such an investigation.

Israel will continue to defend itself against the terrorism of Hamas and against politicized international bodies that seek to delegitimize our lawful and just actions. Israel thanks all those countries at the HRC who did not support this outrageous resolution.

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