The Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) (an official EU body) and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) joint mission to the Gaza Strip delivered its report on November 15. The analysis of human rights issues, including evidence from PCHR, Al Mezan and the Arab Association for Human Rights, contained many omissions and distortions. The report erased Palestinian responsibility for violence and terrorism and attacked the legitimacy of Israeli defensive responses in both Lebanon and Gaza. For example, "general security chaos" in the Gaza Strip is blamed on Israel’s unilateral disengagement that left the PA "unprepared" rather than internal Palestinian corruption and factional rivalry. The report also condemns Israel for "disproportionate" attacks on Gaza and Lebanon during the summer, but offers no criteria for proportionality.

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