Israel Refuses to Cooperate with UN Gaza Probe


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Israel declared that it would not participate with the U.N. investigation team as it makes its inquiry into Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza.  

An Israeli spokesperson Wednesay [12 Nov 2014] declared that Israel will not participate in the U.N. inquiry into its 50-day attack on Gaza last summer. Netanyahu refused to allow the investigative team to cross Israeli borders. The team had arrived in Amman, Jordan and was originally planning to travel through Israel to reach the Gaza Strip.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson, Emmanuel Nachshon said in a statement, “Since the Schabas commission is not an inquiry but a commission that gives its conclusions in advance, Israel will not cooperate with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights over the last conflict with Hamas.”

“While Hamas launched thousands of rockets at Israel, the UN’s Human Rights Council made a decision stating Israel’s guilt in advance and set up a probe as a rubber stamp for its known positions,” he said.

William Schabas, a Canadian lawyer, in August was named as the chair of the U.N. commission to investigate “Operation Protective Edge,” the Israeli assault on Gaza. He is reported to have recommended to bring Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israeli president Shimon Peres to be put on trial before the International Criminal Court. In 2010 he was published in a law journal saying that Netanyahu was “the single individual most likely to threaten the survival of Israel.”

Operation Protective Edge killed over 2,100 Gazans in nearly two months, the vast majority of whom were civilians. The Israeli assault also left 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza displaced and homeless.

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