The Palestinian campaign against Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council

Eytan Gilboa

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Abstract

This article scrutinises the Palestinian ‘smart power’ strategy of demonising Israel and diminishing its ability to defend itself against violence. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) offered the best vehicles to execute this strategy. The article critically examines three Committees of Inquiry (COI) the UNHRC established to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes during confrontations with Hamas in Gaza. It demonstrates that the COIs biased mandates, selection of chairs and members, investigative methods, selection of evidence, and final reports were all deliberately designed to find Israel guilty of war crimes at the UNHRC and the ICC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-88
Number of pages21
JournalIsrael Affairs
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Funding

Research for this study was supported by the BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. The author thanks Raphael Harkham for his valuable research assistance.

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BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University

    Keywords

    • Hamas
    • International Criminal Court
    • Israel
    • Palestinians
    • United Nations Human Rights Council
    • international law
    • war crimes

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