Opposion To Switerland’s Decison to Convene Anti-Israel Conference In Geneva

The United States, Canada and Australia are helping Israel to pressure Switzerland and other states to thwart the  conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions.  “The Fourth Geneva Convention on the Rules of War was adopted in 1949 in a response to Nazi atrocities” since then it has met only twice, in 1999 and 2001, both times to deal with Israel.  It seems the Geneva conference only applies to Israel.

Israel blasted Switzerland on Thursday for calling a special meeting of the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention next week, which is expected to severely censure Israel for its actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Switzerland, the Depository of the Fourth Geneva Convention, summoned the meeting following a request put forward by the Palestinian Authority after it joined the convention in April, following the breakdown of the US-backed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations…  JPost

canadaflagCanadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding the decision to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions:

“Canada has conveyed its deep concerns and has communicated clearly that it will neither attend this conference nor lend it any credibility.

“Canada is deeply disappointed by the convening of this one-sided and politicized conference, which serves only to single out one country, Israel, for criticism. Canada has complete faith in the strength of the rule of law in Israel, and we believe the Israelis are capable of investigating matters surrounding the events that took place in Gaza in the summer of 2014.

“This conference risks undermining the integrity and credibility of the Geneva Conventions and the neutrality of their application.

“Such a misguided approach will neither serve the cause of peace nor bring the parties closer to a negotiated settlement.” Canada Foreign Affairs

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