Abderrahim Sabir

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The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has earned a poor reputation for impartiality when it comes to addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it now has an unprecedented opportunity to begin to shed that reputation by endorsing the entirety of the Goldstone report on the conflict in Gaza and its recommendations.

Arab members of the HRC – Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Bahrain, and Qatar – can play a pivotal role in assuring such an outcome by stressing the need for accountability for all those responsible for committing war crimes, Palestinians as well as Israelis.

This will require a sharp shift from past behaviour, when Arab members of the HRC have refrained from acknowledging responsibility of Palestinian armed groups for attacks on Israeli civilians while passing a number of resolutions condemning Israel's violations of international law.…  Seguir leyendo »