Saturday, 13 September 2014

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says army Gaza probe will be "whitewash"

The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem said Thursday that it does not hold out hope that an army investigation into the Gaza hostilities will lead to anything other than a whitewash.

The organisation explained in a statement, in response to the Israeli military advocate general's (MAG) intention to investigate "exceptional" cases during Operations Protective Edge that, "based on past experience, it isn't holding out hope that this process will lead to results other than a whitewash".

B'Tselem announced earlier this week that it will not assist the current military investigation saying "with its current form, the investigation amounts to nothing more than a masquerade", demanding it be replaced by an independent, transparent and impartial mechanism.

B'Tselem Executive Director, Hagai Elad said, "the announcement demonstrates one of the current system's main shortcomings: its adamant refusal to investigate senior officials and examine honestly wide ranging policy issues pertaining to Israel's use of military. more


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