UN human rights chief Pillay tours Sderot and Gaza

In her first visit since taking office in 2008, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights toured the W. Bank, was shown rockets fired from Gaza.

United Nations Navi Pillay 311 (photo credit: Associated Press)
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 Palestinian territories.
It was her first visit to this area since taking office in September 2008.
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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 the area.
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 organizations.
She also visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.