>> They are in essence caged in a toxic slum from birth to death.>> That's the United Nations Human Rights Chief vilifying Israel's treatment of Palestinians at a special session on Friday. It was called in a response to at least 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in protests on the day that the new US embassy was opened in Jerusalem.
>> Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week.>> The United States unsurprisingly rushed to Israel's defense. Both counties view the Human Rights Council, whose 47 member states are chosen by the General Assembly, as stacked with countries biased against Israel. Israel and the US also put blame squarely at the feet of Hamas for the deaths.
The militant group which runs Gaza and denies Israel's right to exist.>> The United States remains concerned over the recent outbreak of violence along the Gaza fence. But today's session is blatantly taking sides. Hamas even admitted its involvement in the violence when a Hamas official proudly announced that 50 of the 62 killed were members of Hamas.
>> The protests along the Gaza border had been running for a month before they culminated in this week's surge of violence. The protests and the embassy's opening were timed to coincide with Israel's 70th anniversary.