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HRW urges UN to put Israel on 'List of Shame'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Palestinian girl sits and eats in the rubble of her destroyed home, on August 2, 2014 following an overnight Israeli strike on Gaza City. (AFP photo)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to place Israel on the "List of Shame" that includes violators of children's rights.

The US-based rights group called on Ban to resist political pressure from Tel Aviv and Washington and add the Israel military to an annual “List of Shame” in reaction to the death of more than 500 Palestinian children and the injury of 3,300 others during the 50-day aggression in Gaza Strip in summer 2014.

The annual “List of Shame” is due to be released next week.

"Secretary-General Ban can strengthen child protection in war by compiling his list based on facts, not political pressure," said Philippe Bolopion, crisis advocacy director at HRW.

On May 27, US senator Lindsey Graham threatened that the US will cut funding to the UN should the world body continue to function in a manner that “marginalizes” Israel.

Palestinian schoolgirls walk on May 27 2015 near buildings that were destroyed during the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014. (AFP Photo)


Israeli forces killed over 2,130 Palestinians including 578 children and wounded more than 11,000 people during the 50-day aggression against Gaza Strip in 2014.

An investigation of only 70 Israeli strikes on Gaza last summer showed that more than 70 percent of the 606 Palestinians killed in those strikes were minors, women or elderly.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since June 2007, which has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.


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