Having completed a 5-day tour of the West Bank and Gaza, a "high-level delegation" of The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has issued July 17 press release calling on all Palestinian groups "to uphold the rule of law," and condemning human rights abuses by Palestinian factions, including torture and summary executions. During their visit to Gaza, the members of the mission met with three senior Hamas officials, including Hamas Gaza chief Ismail Haniyeh. The FIDH does not indicate that it held any meetings with Israeli government officials in its mission. The statement calls upon Israel "to immediately and without condition release the 43 elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council currently detained in Israel." Yet, disturbingly, the FIDH fails to call on Palestinian groups, including Hamas, to cease terrorist attacks against Israel. The report is yet another example of FIDH’s strong pro-Palestinian political agenda and one-sided analysis.  For full article, click here

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