United Nations Navi Pillay 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visited Sderot
and Gaza on Thursday, as part of her week-long visit to Israel and the
It was her first visit to this area since taking
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Sderot Mayor David Buskila gave Pillay a flower
made from fragments of Palestinian rockets that had landed in his city. It
symbolized his wish that the children of Sderot, who have been under rocket
attack for almost a decade, would be able to grow up in the future without the
fear of rocket attacks, he said.
Pillay was also shown the stockpile of
rocket fragments that line the back wall of the police station. Later, she
crossed over into Gaza.
On her way down to Sderot, Pillay traveled
through the West Bank, where she saw the security barrier and spoke with
Palestinians about its impact on their lives. She was delayed at a checkpoint
crossing back into Israel because a helicopter had made an emergency landing in
During the week, Pillay met with President Shimon Peres, Deputy
Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, PA
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and members of non-governmental
She also visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and
Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.