By Ryan McGreal
Published January 14, 2009
This is just astonishing: the UN Human Rights Council voted 33 to 1 (with 13 abstentions) to condemn Israel for human rights violations in its military offensive against Gaza and to call for a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations.
The one opposing vote? Canada, complaining that the resolution placed all the onus on Israel to withdraw and not on Hamas.
Well, legally the onus is on Israel to withdraw.
The way I see it, Israel is fractally criminal in its treatment of the Palestinian people - its pattern of criminal behaviour manifests at every conceivable scale of resolution from the occupation of Palestine right down to an individual child's body lying smashed beside a crumbled building.
The simple fact of this longstanding conflict is this: the Palestinians are not free. No amount of faux-"balance" will overcome this uncomfortable truth. As long as the Palestinian people lack basic freedom, some of them will continue to lash out against their oppressors and to support thugs, like Hamas, who advocate armed resistance.
The logic of further crushing their freedom to punish them for resisting their loss of freedom is circular, cruel, and ultimately hopeless.