International Criticism May Erode Disengagement Achievements

Increasing international discomfort vis-a-vis Israeli's military operations in Gaza may erode the achievements of the Disengagement.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be holding a special session to discuss the human rights situation in Gaza. A group of sixteen nations, mostly Arab and Muslim, will be presenting a draft resolution, referring to Israel as an "occupying force" and urging it to halt its military operations in the Gaza Strip and to release the members of the Palestinian Council who have been arrested.

Swiss Foreign Minister has accused Israel of violating principles of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip, by carrying forth collective punishments and "unjustified" actions, such as the arrest of Palestinian deputies and the destruction of civilian installations.1

Members of the Egyptian Parliament have filed a complaint to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on behalf of the members of the Palestinian Legislative Council who have been detained by Israel, claiming that such act is a violation of their rights.

The Re'ut Institute contends that increasing criticism of Israel's actions based on humanitarian and legal grounds might lead to a erosion of the international-political benefits gained by Israel following its Disengagement from Gaza.

In particular, Israel's achievements in terms of international credibility in the aftermath of the Disengagement from the Gaza Strip might in the long run be jeopardized, and negatively affect the prospects for international support for the Convergence plan.

Sources

UNHCHR Media Centre press release. Full Text.

Al-Hayat, 07/04/06. Full text (in Arabic).

Associated Press, 07/04/06. Full text.


1 It should be noted that Switzerland is the depositary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and carries the duty to look after their implementation.