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Daily Israel Report

PA 'Confident' UNHRC Committee Will Find Israel Guilty

PA FM in Venezuela says commission will 'demonstrate Israel committed war crimes, crimes against humanity.'
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 8/12/2014, 10:54 PM

Riyad al-Maliki
Riyad al-Maliki
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Tuesday stated his certainty that a committee appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will find Israel guilty of "war crimes" in Operation Protective Edge.

"We have full confidence that this commission is going to do everything to demonstrate that Israel has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity in its attack on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip," al-Maliki said during an official visit to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, reports AFP.

Al-Maliki added "we are going to cooperate with this commission when it arrives in Palestine. We know Israel won't allow it to enter the West Bank and we will seek alternatives so that the commission can carry out its mission."

Israel and the US both rejected the three-man UNHRC committee which is headed by Prof. William Schabas, a Canadian law professor known for his bias against Israel.

"This commission's anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

While in Venezuela, al-Maliki also saw off a shipment of "humanitarian aid" to Gaza, which was to be flown to Egypt on a Venezuelan air force plane and taken overland to the Hamas terror enclave. Venezuela has been openly supportive of "Palestine" since former socialist dictator Hugo Chavez took power in 1999.

Ironically, Venezuela was mentioned last month by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who slammed the UNHRC saying "when countries such as Cuba, Venezuela and the like, who do not know the concept of human rights, point an accusing finger towards us, it is a sign that we are doing the right things."

Finance Minister Yair Lapid also criticized the UNHRC committee on Tuesday, calling it "a ridiculous committee of ridiculous commissionership, that instead of investigating the murder of millions of Muslims by other Muslims, investigates the most moral army on the planet; this is a disgrace for the UN."