Thousands protest in Geneva against UN report

Supporters of Israel rallying outside the U. office at Geneva, June 29,  2015 (World Jewish Council)

Supporters of Israel rallying outside the U. office at Geneva, June 29, 2015 (World Jewish Council)

(SOURCE)   Nearly 1,000 participants from dozens of countries take part in a Geneva rally to express their support for the State of Israel, in wake of a report on possible war crimes committed during last summer’s Gaza conflict. Members of more than 80 NGOs, including many Jews and Christians, travel to the Swiss city to express their support for the Jewish state and to urge the UN to treat Israel fairly, according to a press release by the World Jewish Congress.

The rally comes as the UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry, which recently published a report on last summer’s Gaza conflict, presents its findings in detail to a committee in Geneva.

“My four little sons were born into a 15-second reality: the time between the rocket alert and the explosion. When they turned two, we had already trained them to run for cover,” Ofir Libstein, a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Azza, which is one kilometer away from the Gaza Strip, says during the rally. “Nitzan, my 11-year-old, was waiting for his soccer training to begin when a rocket attack started. Ever since, he cannot sleep by himself. Every alert and every explosion makes him relive the attack.”

Adele Raemer, a resident of Kibbutz Nirim, describes how the residents at the kibbutz were nearly murdered last year when terrorists emerged from an attack tunnel. “I am disappointed by the tone at times of the Human Rights Council which insinuates that Israel does not demand accountability from its army,” she says. “I know that in the process of protecting my community, our soldiers have put their lives at risk to save innocent Palestinian lives, aborting vital missions when noncombatant Palestinians were in harm’s way.”