Hamas, a former UN rights boss investigating Israel, claimed a crime

File Photo: Palestinians pass the ruins of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on May 21, 2021, in a recent cross-border violence between Palestinian militants and Israel in Gaza.Reuters / Shyve Salem

July 22, 2021

The UN Human Rights Council said in a statement Thursday that former UN human rights officer Navi Pilei called on the International Investigation Commission on alleged crimes committed during the recent conflict between Israel and the Islamic group Hamas in Gaza. He said he would lead.

The council will begin an investigation in late May with broad authority to cover allegations, not only in Gaza and the West Bank under Israeli occupation, but also in hostile Israel, which was suspended by the ceasefire on May 21. Agreed to.

At least 250 Palestinians and 13 Israeli people were killed in a fierce battle that saw Gaza militants launch rockets at Israeli cities and bomb them across coastal excursions. It was.

Michelle Bachelet, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said at the time that Israel’s deadly strike against Gaza could constitute a war crime and Hamas violated international humanitarian law by launching rockets at Israel. I told the meeting.

Israel repeatedly refused to investigate on Thursday.

“Unsurprisingly, the purpose of this mechanism is to find Israeli violations while whitening the crimes committed by Hamas, a terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip,” Israel’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva said in a statement. Said in.

“Israel cannot and will not cooperate with such investigations, as announced shortly after the special session.”

A former South African judge, who served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014, will consist of Indian expert Miloon Kotari and Australian expert Chris Sidoti, according to a statement from the Human Rights Council. Leads a panel of three people.

Investigators asked to identify the person responsible for the breach to ensure that they are held liable will submit their first report in June 2022.

(Report by Stephanie Nebehay; edited by Steve Orlofsky and Grant McCool)

Hamas, a former UN rights boss investigating Israel, claimed a crime

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