Obama admin. says U.N. Gaza report biased against Israel, but won’t rebut it

The White House. Credit: Zach Rudisin via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) The Obama administration said it opposes any further international consideration of the recently released United Nations report on last year’s Gaza war, but will not issue a rebuttal.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said that the U.S. will review the report by a U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission that accused both Israel and Hamas of engaging in war crimes during the conflict in Gaza, but that America questions the report’s legitimacy given the “very clear bias against Israel” found in the UNHRC.

“We challenge the very mechanism which created [the report],” Kirby said. “And so we’re not going to have a readout of this. We’re not going to have a rebuttal to it. We’re certainly going to read it, as we read all U.N. reports. But we challenge the very foundation upon which this report was written, and we don’t believe that there’s a call or a need for any further Security Council work on this.”

While the comments by Kirby suggest that the U.S. would veto any action against Israel in the Security Council, the report can still be considered for legal action by the International Criminal Court, a body in which both the U.S. and Israel are not members. 

Posted on June 24, 2015 .