Kucinich Wants “Independent” UN Investigation of Israeli Gaza Offensive

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

James Besser in Washington

This just in: Rep. Dennis Kucinich  (D-Ohio) is calling for  an “independent” investigation into “Israel’s war against Gaza,” which he says amounts to “collective punishment.” (Read his statement here)

And what body does the Ohio liberal think is right for the investigation? Why, it’s the fair, balanced United Nations — the very same UN that largely ignored ongoing rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza into Israeli towns, but which is now exercised about Israel’s military response.

Kucinich concedes that “the perpetrators of attacks against Israel must also be brought to justice,” but puts almost all the onus for the current conflict on Israel, which he says is “leveling Gaza to strike at Hamas, just as they pulverized south Lebanon to strike at Hezbollah. Yet in both cases civilian populations were attacked, countless innocents killed or injured, infrastructure targeted and destroyed, and civil law enforcement negated. All this was, and is, disproportionate, indiscriminate mass violence in violation of international law.”

“Dennis must have been back on his home planet for the last few years, so he missed the constant rocket attacks on Israeli civilians,” said a longtime pro-Israel lobbyist here.

No doubt the Cleveland lawmaker will find a receptive audience at UN headquarters, but in Washington his anti-Israel blast will get about as much attention as his abortive 2008 run for the Democratic presidential nomination

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.