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Sunday, August 13, 2006


News you might have missed: U.N. condemns Israel

There was a major AP story out Friday, which reported:
The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday condemned Israel for "massive bombardment of Lebanese civilian populations" and other "systematic" human rights violations, and decided to send a commission to investigate.

"I remind all belligerents that war crimes and crimes against humanity may be committed even by those who believe, accurately or not, that their combat is a just one and their cause a worthy pursuit," [Louise Arbour, the U.N.'s high commissioner for human rights] said.
Is it any wonder this is the U.N. body the that the U.S. tried (and largely failed) to make into yet another weapon to be used by imperialism against other countries?

Here's the report itself. It's quite likely you didn't hear about either it or the AP story about it, however. Watching various news channels, with their saturation coverage of the situation, I haven't personally heard a word. My local paper (San Jose Mercury News) didn't carry the story, nor did the New York Times. The Washington Post and a few other American papers did, but the lack of a page number on the Post story indicates that it most likely appeared only online, not in the print edition; the same may be true for the other papers which carried the story. Basically, it was buried. Wouldn't want to have to mention the words "Israel" and "war crimes" in the same sentence. It might give the American public ideas.

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