Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon reacted on Friday to the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who criticized Israel over the riots along the Gaza border.
“The High Commissioner’s decision to condemn a democracy that is diligently defending its sovereignty, while completely ignoring the terrorists of Hamas as they use children for human shields, provides a tailwind for terror and encourages the continued exploitation of civilians,” said Danon.
“This statement proves once again that High Commissioner is not focused on human rights, but only with obsessively criticizing Israel,” he added.
In a statement released earlier on Friday, Al Hussein urged Israeli forces to stop using force to prevent Arab rioters from charging Israel’s security fence, and demanded that Israeli troops who do use force to defend the border “be held accountable."
"Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators. Warnings by the United Nations and others have seemingly gone unheeded, as the approach of the security forces from week to week does not seem to have changed," he charged.
"The staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators - not once, not twice, but repeatedly," said Al Hussein.
Arabs have hurled rocks, firebombs, and flaming tires at Israeli soldiers securing the border and have used makeshift “terror kites” to drop explosives on Israeli positions during the violent riots, dubbed “the March of the Return”, which began on March 30.
Last week, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, accused Israel of killing children following the deaths of Palestinian Arab teens in the violent riots.
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