Baker Rebukes Arbour

Published: Wednesday, 05/17/2006 12:00 am EDT

UN Human Rights envoy Louise Arbour called on Israelis and the Palestinians to "observe the rules of international humanitarian law," saying while the Palestinians are a duty to prevent attacks on Israeli civilians, Israel is responsible for the Palestinians' welfare. Israel's Ambassador to Canada, Alan Baker, said he was surprised "that the person carrying the responsibility for monitoring human rights in the world, arbitrarily chooses to equate the actions of Palestinian terrorists who wantonly and indiscriminately kill innocent members of the public...with the action of Israel targeting such killers."

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