Palestinian rioters drag burning tires toward Israel’s border. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Outrageous! The UN Human Rights Council is blaming Israel for the deadly Gaza violence at Israel’s border instead of Hamas, which organizes the “protests.” 

A United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report issued on Thursday accuses IDF soldiers of committing war crimes on the border with the Gaza Strip while fending off violent riots on the fence.

The report claims that more than 6,000 “unarmed demonstrators” have been “shot by military snipers week after week.”

Well-documented Israeli research shows that the vast majority of Gazans shot during the violent incidents on the border were members of terror organizations.

The Commission claimed, however, that “the demonstrations were civilian in nature, with clearly stated political aims. Despite some acts of significant violence, the Commission found that the demonstrations did not constitute combat or military campaigns.”

Hamas, the terror organization which rules the Gaza Strip and leads the violent incidents on the border, including attempts to breach the security fence in order to commit acts of terror, was not found at fault.

“Israel rejects outright the U.N. Human Rights Council report. The Council is setting new records for hypocrisy and mendacity, out of an obsessive hatred of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. It is Hamas which fires missiles at Israeli citizens, throws explosive devices and carries out terrorist activity during the violent demonstrations along the fence,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said “the report is based on false information in which the facts were not even examined and the sole purpose of which is to discredit the only democracy in the Middle East and to hinder its right to self-defense against the terror of a murderous organization.”

“The report ignores the only truth: that IDF soldiers acted morally to protect Israeli citizens while Hamas sent children to the fence and used them as human shields,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon.

The UNHRC has been repeatedly accused of being biased against Israel. Nearly half of its resolutions are focused on Israel, while it ignores war, strife, and atrocities around the globe. Israeli leaders and officials have cited the UNHRC for its “obsessive hostility” toward Israel and its “one-sided mandate.”

Over the past 10 years, the UNHRC has passed 62 resolutions condemning Israel, while the world’s worst human rights abusers in Syria, Iran, and North Korea received far fewer condemnations.

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