Ismail Baqaei Hamaneh made the remarks in a Friday meeting between ambassadors of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) residing in Geneva and members of the Commission of Inquiry of the United Nations Council on Human Rights, during which the sides discussed the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.
“It is the duty of all of us to clarify the true and false narratives, the narrative that equates the victims of Israeli crimes with their killers, which is humanly shocking, legally unfounded and morally shameful,” Hamaneh said, according to a report by Press TV.
He added that the inquiry commission has a historic responsibility to prevent the normalization of systematic human rights violations by the Israeli regime. The Iranian diplomat invited all the participants in the meeting to call for justice and do not allow war crimes, crimes against humanity and blatant violations of human rights to become normal.
In May, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to initiate an international probe into “systematic” human rights abuses committed during the asymmetrical war between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip. The 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC and the Palestinian delegation to the UN, by a vote of 24 states in favor, 9 against, and 14 abstentions.
The UN rights body agreed to establish “an ongoing independent, international commission of inquiry” into the war to probe “underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination and repression based on group identity.”
Israeli troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with the videos going viral online and sparking international condemnation. The Tel Aviv regime has been criticized for its extensive use of lethal force against and extrajudicial killing of Palestinians who do not pose an immediate threat to the occupation forces or to the Israeli settlers.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an immediate investigation into the Tel Aviv regime’s crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories after Israeli forces shot dead a young man in the northern part of the West Bank.