Even the Czech Republic, which in November 2012 was the only EU country to oppose granting the Palestinians non-member state status at the UN, did not vote against a resolution that denounces Israel for "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks, including aerial bombardment of civilian areas, the targeting of civilians and civilian properties in collective punishment contrary to international law, and other actions, including the targeting of medical and humanitarian personnel, that may amount to international crimes."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office fiercely condemned the UN council's decision as a "travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere."
So, this world wide rejection of Israel's abhorrent and arrogant attacks on innocent civilians of Gaza reassures that World wouldn't helplessly tolerate the adage of Might Is Right. Once again, it seems, Israel has been forsaken, abandoned and put on met by the civilized nations.
The World Family correctly, justly and fairly singled out, condemned Israel for alleged crimes it committed while defending its citizens against a weak deprived group of Humans known as Palestinians. It is a reminder to the hawkish PM Netanyahu that he can't go away with murder so easily.
The United Nations Human Rights Council voted condemning "in the strongest terms the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military operations" in Gaza. The Geneva-based council also declared a new "international commission of inquiry" into the events currently unfolding in Israel and Gaza.
It puts back the memory of 'Goldstone Report' that trusted to examine only Israel's misdeeds. However, this new fact-finding mission has been formed and tasked to "investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory." That would include the alleged war crimes of Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups.
UK was absent during voting but felt that resolution was unfair to Israel. According to media reports a senior Israeli Official asked a senior UK officer: "If the UK feels so strongly that the resolution is not fair, why did they not vote against it?"
Many governments had promised, according to Israeli officials, to oppose the draft. At the eleventh hour they instructed their ambassadors to vote in favor. The foreign minister of the Philippines, for instance, personally promised a no-vote, but eventually the country voted yes.
For Israel, the vote was another heavy slap in the face. For Hamas, it provides a chance to cool down and re-examine its strategy.
And here is what US ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Keith Harper had to say, according to various media reports, "This resolution is not constructive, it is destructive. The United States is deeply troubled by the resolution presented for adoption today… The resolution will cause real and lasting damage to this council and its ability to comprehensively address human rights in this region. We call on other states to underscore their opposition to any initiative of this council that takes a one-sided approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is essential that the community of nations takes a balanced approach to these issues."
But his call was not heeded by the world with a conscience.