FSWC September 19, 2006

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HEZBOLLAH'S ATTACKS ON ISRAELI CIVILIANS ARE DELIBERATE AND CONTRARY TO INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW, SAY UN'S LOUISE ARBOUR

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 19, 2006......Canada’s Louise Arbour, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights today described Hezbollah's rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets as unquestionably deliberate, without any military objectives and undoubtedly contrary to international humanitarian law.

During a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Arbour met with Leo Adler, Director of National Affairs for Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies,  Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Shimon Samuels, International Liaison Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Mayor Shlomo Bohbot of Ma'a lot-Tarsiha and Dr. Norman Loberant of Nahariya Hospital.

"The purpose of the meeting was to object to the Council's one-sided resolutions and to present evidence of Hezbollah's crimes against humanity," said Adler. "We welcome Ms. Arbour's clear statement about Hezbollah's criminal liability."

Ms. Arbour also stressed that she wanted to visit Israel and to meet with representatives to learn more, first hand, about the effects of the attacks on northern Israelis.


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