UN likely to not place Israel on children rights abuse list

Following suggestion by Zerrougui this week, Ban Ki-moon likely to not place Israel on list as to not “alienate” Israel-UN relations

UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly

The United Nations will most likely not place Israel on the list of “entities committing grave violations against children” according to officials of the UN Friday. The list includes major terror organizations such as ISIS and Boko Haram.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is likely to reject the recommendation that calls for both Israel and Hamas be placed on the list following Operation Protective Edge last summer, reportedly claiming that placing Israel on the list would risk “alienating” and causing further right between the UN and State of Israel.

The suggestion was made by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, this week, her claims that Israel’s striking school locations within the Gaza Strip during the Operation places Israel in strong violation of human rights abuses against children.

UN schools and Palestinian schools, which were sites of rocket launchers and storage, as well as commonly buildings harboring terrorists using human shields, were struck in the Operation, however following Israel’s exceeding efforts to warn Gazan residents ahead of airstrikes.

The effort is one of many by NGO and UN affiliated groups to demean and accuse Israel of human rights violations over past summer.

On December 31, 2014, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Roman Statute in efforts to join the International Criminal Court in the Hague (ICC) following the United Nations Security Council votes against the Palestinian Authority’s request to be recognized as a sovereign state.

On April 1, the Palestinians officially joined the ICC and continue to press charges of human rights abuses against the State of Israel during Operation Protective Edge.