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UNHRC Calls Emergency Meeting Over Protective Edge

UNHRC calls meeting on behalf of Arab states, weeks after High Commissioner claimed Israel's self-defense was 'illegitimate.'
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 7/21/2014, 4:15 PM / Last Update: 7/21/2014, 4:23 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a session of the UNHRC
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a session of the UNHRC
AFP/File

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said it will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss Israel's ongoing self-defense operation in Gaza, according to AFP

Monday's announcement followed the deadliest day of fighting between Israel and Hamas in six years, with more than 150 Palestinian Arabs and 13 Israeli soldiers killed on Sunday.

The meeting was requested by Egypt on behalf of Arab states, as well as Pakistan on behalf of the the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Palestinians.

The UN Security Council held an emergency session on the Gaza conflict on Sunday and appealed for an immediate ceasefire.

So far, Palestinian figures show 509 Gazans have been killed - mostly Hamas terrorists - and more than 3,150 wounded since the start of the Israeli campaign to stamp out cross-border militant rocket fire on July 8.

On the Israeli side, 20 people have died, including two civilians.

The UNHRC is infamous for its tunnel vision against Israel, a stance which has reared its ugly head multiple times over the past month. 

In June, the UNHRC skewered Israel at a meeting to discuss the operation to find abducted (and murdered) Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Gilad Sha'ar (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19), hy"d, in a hearing comprised almost entirely of anti-Israel testimonies.

Wild accusations made included claims that Israel is occupying both Syria and Lebanon, that Israel imprisons Palestinian children and the elderly, and a pro-Palestinian NGO's claim that Israel has "kidnapped Palestinian mothers" in comments just after the emotional speech of the mother of kidnapped teen Naftali Frenkel. 

Then, UNHRC High Commissioner Navi Pillay attacked Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas's rocket fire earlier this month, claiming that there is "no legitimate reason" for Israel to fight Hamas and implying that doing so "violates international law."