Thursday, July 31, 2014

Israelis to file human rights violation complaints against Hamas

(JPost) Israelis can send complaints to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that Hamas is violating their human rights, and NGO Im Tirzu encouraged them to do so at a conference in the Knesset Wednesday evening.

The NGO that describes itself as working "to strengthen and advance the values of Zionism in Israel" disseminated complaint forms at an emergency meeting of the Knesset Caucus Against Delegitimization of Israel, which can also be found on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' website.

Bar Ilan University Law Professor Avi Bell, an expert on international law, said Israelis can complain that their most basic human right, the right to live, is being violated.

In addition, Hamas terrorism violates freedom of movement, the right to a home and encourages hatred based on religion, Bell said.

However, Bell pointed out that submitting the complaints is, in a sense, recognizing the "State of Palestine" that signed on to the UN convention on human rights.

Former Ambassador to Canada and international law expert Alan Baker said "any civilian can submit a complaint against any country or any group for any violation of rights.

"We need to encourage people to submit complaints. We are doing this for the press and mostly for symbolic reasons, not because we'll actually get paid damages for it," he explained.

Caucus chairman Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) said the goal is "to create an Iron Dome against Hamas on a public diplomacy level. For the past decade, the terrorists and the left-wing in Israel and the world continue to use the Palestinians' human rights against Israel, when the situation is the opposite. Israeli citizens are under attack from Hamas rockets and the IDF is defending civilians from Hamas's crimes."

Ze'ev pointed out that if there was no Iron Dome, dozens of innocent civilians would have been killed.