2006-12-22 / Community

Weiner: Charge Hezbollah With Rights Violations

In light of a new report detailing Hezbollah’s military operations in Lebanese civilian areas, Representative Anthony Weiner has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to charge Hezbollah with human rights violations in the recent war with Israel.

In a letter to UN Ambassador John Bolton and Deputy UN Representative Alejandro Wolff, Weiner urged the United States to push for an investigation into Hezbollah’s conduct.

  “The United Nations Human Rights Council has wrongly focused its attention on Israel and has ignored Hezbollah’s immoral military tactics that caused significant civilian causalities,” Rep. Weiner wrote to Bolton and Wolff.

Last month, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a report asserting that Israel had committed human rights violations for not limiting its attacks to military targets in Lebanon.  However, in rendering its judgment, the U.N. Council ignored Hezbollah’s actions, citing a limited mandate.

Now, new evidence has come to light in support of Israel’s claim of self-defense.  Declassified documents, photos and video footage released last week show that Hezbollah guerrillas intentionally embedded themselves with Lebanese civilians, stockpiled weapons in homes and mosques, used ambulances as cover for transporting missiles and fired rockets near U.N. monitoring posts.

“In light of new evidence, I urge you to press for a new investigation that lays the blame where it correctly belongs - with the Hezbollah terrorists.”

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