The United States does not support sending the UN Human Rights Council’s report on last summer’s war in Gaza to the Security Council, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.
Speaking with reporters, Kirby reiterated, as he had done on Monday, that Washington rejected the foundation of the report because of the Human Rights Council’s bias against Israel.
“We challenge the very mechanism which created [the report],” Kirby said. “And so we’re not going to have a readout of this. We’re not going to have a rebuttal to it. We’re certainly going to read it, as we read all UN reports. But we challenge the very foundation upon which this report was written, and we don’t believe that there’s a call or a need for any further Security Council work on this.”
“We do not support any further UN work on this report,” he added, explaining that the United States objects “to the foundation upon which the commission was established, and therefore the product that resulted from that work.”
On Monday, responding to the report which accused Israel of “war crimes” in Gaza, White House spokesman Josh Earnest reaffirmed Israel’s right to self-defense, but also said the administration in Washington was also awaiting "further outcomes" of Israel's own investigation into the war.
The report decried "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering in the terrorist enclave under Hamas control, during the terror group's third attempt to wipe out Israel from Gaza, in 2014.
The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups."
"The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come," the chair of the commission, New York judge Mary McGowan Davis who was part of the infamous Goldstone Report, said in a statement.
The UN probe was originally headed by Canadian lawyer William Schabas, who was appointed despite having a long history of anti-Israel invective.
He stepped down from the investigation after it was revealed he had done contract work with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
Hamas, for its part, welcomed the report and its “condemnation of the Zionist occupier for its war crimes”.