The U.S. was the only nation to vote against the U.N. Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) decision to create a commission investigating possible war crimes during the Israeli military's attacks in Gaza.
29 countries voted, yes, including Russia, Kenya, India and Mexico, 17 countries abstained, 10 of whom were part of the E.U.
The UNHRC condemned, “in the strongest terms the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms arising from the Israeli military...that may amount to international crimes.”
The U.S. ambassador to the UNHRC said in defense of the U.S.'s vote, that the inquiry was a “biased and political instrument.”
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, earlier this week had called the emergency session of the UNHRC, saying, "Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration.” In the Human Rights Council debates, before the vote, she said that Israel had not done enough to protect civilians from Israeli assaults.
For the past 19 days, “Operation Protective Edge”, the full-out Israeli assault by land, sea and air has killed over 800 Palestinians, wounded over 4500 more, and destroyed major infrastructure including several hospitals, schools, houses, apartment buildings, and an electricity generator.