Thursday, 13 November 2014

Israel says won't cooperate with UN Gaza inquiry

Israel will not cooperate with a United Nations inquiry into its 50-day war in Gaza this summer, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

"Since the Schabas commission is not an inquiry but a commission that gives its conclusions in advance, Israel will not cooperate with the UN Commission on Human Rights over the last conflict with Hamas," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.

In August, Canadian lawyer William Schabas was named as the head of the UN commission, angering Israel, where he is widely regarded as hostile to Israel over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Israeli attacks killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians during the war, most of them civilians, and left over 100,000 homeless. more


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