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UN investigators to start Gaza work next month
Published Tuesday 12/08/2014 (updated) 14/08/2014 18:47
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A three-member panel appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate allegations of humanitarian law violations during Israel's Gaza assault will start working in the Gaza Strip next month.

Ibrahim Khreisha, Palestine’s representative at the UN, told Ma'an that William Schabas will be heading the panel along with Canadian international law professor and Doudou Diene of Senegal, the UN's former Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism.

Another woman will be replacing British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who has declined the UN's appointment.

“A team of seven to eight members will be assigned by the High Commissioner’s office to be working alongside with the panel,” Khreisha said.

Khreisha added that the international panel will enter Gaza through Egypt but that they will not be able to enter the West Bank or Jerusalem because Israel refused to cooperate with them.

He added: “There is an intention that Gazans' testimonies will be aired live, as in the Goldstone report.”

The panel will hear reports of Palestinian and international human rights institutions of “Israeli war crimes that occurred in the West Bank before the offensive on the Gaza Strip which started with detaining and killing more than 11 Palestinians, including the kidnapping, burning and killing of teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir,” Khreisha added.

“The escorting team will be investigating all humanitarian and international laws violations since June 13, 2014.”

The panel will submit a report by March 2015 to the Human Rights Council of the UN.

Some 1,945 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip and 11 in the West Bank following the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers.
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1 ) Keo / Thailand
12/08/2014 21:31
The British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who has declined the UN's appointment, clearly recognises a pile of poo, and a wasted career besmirched by dealing with Islamic terrorism and terrorists. The UN Human Rights Council now needs to find another pro - Islamic arse licker for their quasi hate fest panel. And there are millions of pro - Islamic arse lickers in Europe alone to choose from.

2 ) Mel / USA
12/08/2014 21:58
Make sure they see IN FULL COLOR the photo's, video's etc of what Israel did to 2,000 people killed,(1/4 CHILDREN)&10,000 people injured &thousands of HOMES,schools.clinics,mosques,churches,hospitals,UNRWA shelters,farms,stock destroyed(THIS TIME ROUND). Before &after shots. UN investigators always arrive TOO LATE when the dead are BURIED. So,make sure they realize what they MISSED until the ceasefire(or during). WAR CRIMES OF 67YRS ONGOING!

3 ) Margaret Murphy / Ireland
12/08/2014 22:29
Let's hope they do their job properly, and are not afraid to stand up to Isreal. They need to be charged with war crimes, murder of innocent children. That man needs to charged, found guilty and then beheaded.

4 ) Seshemisham / Israel
12/08/2014 23:55
"...following the kidnapping of three Israeli settlers." Well the three weren't only kidnapped but also murdered and only Gil-Ad Shaer from Talmon was a settler. But should it make a difference? Is the murdering of a settler more legitimate?

5 ) joey / phil
13/08/2014 03:15
israel must also be tried in ICC and ICJ

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
13/08/2014 09:52
Useless waste of UN money on a biased commission of rubberstamping conclusions that were made already. It only confirms what everybody knows: the UN is growing more useless and inneffective every day. The commission's mandate does not include Hamas activities which by their own admission are war crimes. This is yet another sick joke that will make the situation worse and serves the interests of those who do not support universal human rights.
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