An Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner
Israel mourns the deaths of Eyal, Gil-ad and Naftali
We appreciate the international community’s reaction, repudiating this heinous crime against life, mirrored by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, the UN Security Council, UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who strongly condemned the murders, just hours after the news was shared with the world.
However, and sadly not to our surprise, we note with profound disappointment the unfortunate and insensitive manner in which the High Commissioner has chosen to handle this delicate and painful issue, one that has touched the hearts of an entire nation.
The right to life is the most fundamental human right. Its denial, by terrorist groups, should be condemned in the clearest and most unequivocal manner. In this task, the High Commissioner for Human Rights has completely failed. Instead, she has managed to condense her condolences in three lines, and abuse the opportunity by opting for a political balancing act.
Respect was the very least the High Commissioner could have offered; she did not even manage to properly do that.