http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200607/INT20060707c.html Like Predecessor, UN's New Rights Body Targets Israel By Patrick Goodenough CNSNews.com International Editor July 07, 2006 (CNSNews.com) - Following a trend adopted by its discredited predecessor, the U.N.'s new Human Rights Council ended its first-ever "special session" Thursday with a resolution condemning Israel over the crisis in the Gaza Strip. By a vote of 29-11 with five abstentions, the 47-member body passed a resolution demanding that Israel end its military operations in Gaza, expressing concern about the impact the operation was having on Palestinians' humanitarian situation, urging Israel to release detained Palestinian lawmakers and mandating an urgent visit to the area by a U.N. special rapporteur. The resolution, introduced by the Arab and Islamic blocs, made no specific reference to the factors that triggered Israel's Operation Spring Rain -- Hamas' kidnapping of an Israeli soldier and the firing by Gaza-based terrorists of rockets into Israeli population centers. SNIP U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization (NGO), said the resolution passed comprised "a long litany of specific condemnations and demands against Israel but says nothing about the Hamas government's role in the hostage-taking that precipitated the current crisis or in perpetrating deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians." The group's executive director, Hillel Neuer, said the Arab League's request for the session had been "politically motivated, intended solely to target Israel." He also criticized a move by the Islamic bloc to suspend debate directly before NGOs were scheduled to speak and commented on "the spectacle of Sudan accusing others of 'war crimes.'" Neuer said it was regrettable that a majority of council members were "showing contempt for Mr. Annan's urgent plea to leave behind the discredited commission's self-destructive obsession with bashing Israel at the expense of urgent human rights situations affecting millions of victims in Darfur, China, Chechnya and in so many other places across the globe."