Today, June 22, 2015, the U.N. released the full Schabas Commission report. It appears here. As feared and expected, the report is flawed by anti-Israel bias – which is rife and readily apparent in the Commission’s own description of its findings. For instance, the commission’s questions and answers on the report note:
The most important characteristics of the 2014 hostilities, which reflect new patterns, include:
- Attacks by Israel on residential buildings resulting in the deaths of entire families.
- Israel’s ground operations which levelled urban neighbourhoods
- Increased firing of rockets and mortars towards Israel by Palestinian armed groups and their use of attack tunnels.
However, anyone with a modicum of sense knows that:
- Israel made consistent efforts unprecedented in modern urban warfare to avoid the deaths of civilians
- Israel put its own troops at risk in ground operations precisely to minimize the possibility of unnecessary destruction to neighborhoods and structures that were exclusively residential.
- The thousands of rockets and mortars fired by Palestinian armed groups and their attack tunnels were not aimed at “Israel”, but specifically at Israeli civilians.