UNITED NATIONS - A push is currently being made at the United Nations to have the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) added to the blacklist of terror groups that also includes the Islamic State and Boko Haram who systematically compromise the welfare of children, according to informed sources.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui of Algeria, has recommended the IDF be included in the list because of the 500 Palestinian children killed and 3,300 wounded during last summer’s deadly “Operation Protective Edge.” The latest report by Ms. Zerrougui includes an appendix that also recommends blacklisting various branches of affiliates of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as countries such as the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo.

The report is set for publication later this week. According to reports, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is resisting the call, arguing that such a move would risk “alienating” Israel and causing a serious rupture in the ties between UN and the Jewish State. Israel is said to have brought on immense pressure on the U.N. against the move and it can count on the support of the United States, its closest ally.

However, the Palestinians and their supporters and human rights groups are strongly backing the recommendation to put IDF on the blacklist. Media reports quoted Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a vocal supporter of Israel, as warning against the recommendation. “There’s a report that may come out any day now where the United Nations is considering the State of Israel in the same category as Boko Haram when it comes to crimes against children. “If that ever happened, if the United Nations embraced a report putting the State of Israel in the same categories with terrorist organizations in terms of the way they treat innocent people, particularly children, that would be an outrage that would not go unanswered.” Zerrougui’s report specifically castigates Israel for the destruction visited on the Gaza Strip during last summer’s war with Hamas terrorists. The 50-day conflict killed about 2,200 Palestinians, many of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.

It caused heavy damage to Gaza’s infrastructure and damaged more than 160,000 homes. Reports say that Gaza needs USD 6 billion to rebuild its devastated infrastructure as the Israeli attacks have destroyed many houses, hospitals, schools and mosques across the Palestinian territory.