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Netanyahu lashes out at UN 'hypocrisy' over Gaza war report

Le secrétaire général des Nations unies Ban Ki-moon (c) et l'envoyé spécial de l'Onu pour le Yémen Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed (g) le 15 juin 2015 à Genève
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Israeli PM charges Ban Ki-moon reprimands Israel while 'giving immunity to Hamas'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, accusing him of hypocrisy after the UN chief criticized Israel for the death of Palestinian children during last summer's conflict in Gaza on Thursday.

"It turns out there's no limit to hypocrisy," Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post published late on Thursday.

Calling it a "black day for the UN," Netanyahu said Ban prefers to attack Israel instead of "noting the fact that Hamas took Gaza's children hostage by firing from kindergartens towards Israeli children, and dug terror tunnels toward kindergartens in Israel."

"the UN once again chooses to lecture Israel, which takes care to act according to the international standards, as was determined by a series of top generals from the US and Europe just this week.

"At the same time, the terror group Hamas is winning immunity from the UN even though it was proven beyond any doubt that it has committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques, and from UN facilities," Netanyahu said in the post.

Earlier in the day, Ban urged Israel to protect the lives of Palestinian children, who bore the brunt of last year's military operations in Gaza.

"Last year was one of the worst in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict," the UN leader said, adding he is "deeply alarmed at the suffering of so many children as a result of Israeli military operations in Gaza last year."

He made his remarks as the UN issued a new report highlighting what Ban called "unprecedented challenges for children in conflict zones around the world."

The UN leader said that last year was particularly lethal for children in Gaza, where more than 500 perished.

The United Nations has accused the Israeli army of being responsible for strikes on buildings where civilians were sheltering during the conflict.

At the height of the Gaza conflict, some 300,000 displaced Palestinians were sheltering in some 91 UN schools, several of which were hit by Israeli strikes.

"I urge Israel to take concrete and immediate steps, including by reviewing existing policies and practices, to protect and prevent the killing and maiming of children, and to respect the special protections afforded to schools and hospitals," the UN leader said.

In a letter addressed to Ban, Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor pushed back against the charges, accusing Leila Zerrougui, the UN's special representative of the secretary general for children and armed conflict, of "widespread, systematic and institutionalized biased conduct against Israel."

Prosor said Hamas -- the blockaded territory's de facto rulers -- were to blame for Gaza casualties involving non-combatants, and accused it of having "used Palestinian civilians, including children, as human shields" during the fighting.

Despite Thursday's admonitions from Ban, the United Nations has not included Israel on a list of countries singled out for violating the rights of children.

Last year's war killed 2,200 Palestinians and 73 on the Israeli side, 67 of them soldiers.

Israel maintains that it needed to target those facilities because Palestinian militants were using the areas to store weapons and fire rockets.

The international community has called for an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, now in its ninth year, which puts tight restrictions on the entry of building material through the goods crossing the Jewish state controls.

Israel however says it fears building materials could be used by Hamas to build weapons and attack tunnels.

(with AFP)

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ludwigvb

The spellings were to help you. Israel is intent on ruling the whole of Israel AND

ludwigvb

That anyone is considered to have committed war crimes in the conflict will suffice. p.s their, shields, channel.

ludwigvb

"the UN once again chooses to lecture Israel, which takes care to act according to the international standards, as was determined by a series of top generals from the US and Europe just this week." Didn't Israel 'commission' that report? UN one due soon where it will be seen that BOTH sides were guilty of war crimes ... then the ICC can move to indict.

#Netanyahu just as hypocritical: wanting to silence Palestinian Channel 48.

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