International security, legal, human rights and Middle East experts are taking part in an "alternative event" in Geneva Monday evening, to counter a report by the UN Human Rights Council on last summer's conflict between Israel and Gazan terrorists widely condemned as biased.
The alternative event started at 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. Israel-time) with a panel event discussing the facts missing from the UN report, the findings of which were heard at a UNHRC hearing earlier Monday.
It will be followed by a second panel focusing on the military and legal aspects of last summer's counter-terror Operation Protective Edge.
Facts on the ground
Dr. Uzi Rubin, a Begin-Sadat center analyst and respected military expert, began with a presentation on Hamas's rocket arsenal, which he noted is heavily backed and funded by Iran.
Iran directly funds Hamas not only through financial help, but by smuggling missiles in, he said.
Target maps retrieved in Arabic show that Hamas is openly targeting several cities – including Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Be'er Sheva – he said, and he added that several of the Iranian-made missiles were fired directly at Haifa during the war.
Dr. Rubin added several key facts about Hamas's rockets, including that the number of the rocket model indicates the kilometer range.
"The numbers are small, but they add up," he urged. "We come to the amazing number of 87 tonnes of warheads" fired at Israeli cities during the war.
Original UN report 'morally bankrupt'
The event is hosted by the Amuta for NGO Responsibility, the UN ECOSOC-accredited parent organization of NGO Monitor, together with UN Watch, and will be live-streamed.
Among those present is British Army Colonel (ret.) Richard Kemp, former head of the international terrorism and Iraq team for the Joint Intelligence Committee, will take part in both panels.
Kemp has called the UN report "morally bankrupt, making no distinction between the Israel Defense Forces, the legitimate armed forces of a Western liberal democracy and Hamas, an internationally-proscribed terrorist group that operates a tyrannical dictatorship over the citizens of Gaza."
"The report has no military insight and it is quite clear that the UN commissioners and the drafters of the report have no knowledge or experience of armed conflict."
Joining Kemp in the second panel focusing on the military aspects of last summer's war will be Maj. Gen. Michael D. Jones, Former Chief of Staff at US Central Command.