Tuesday, June 30, 2009

UN Probe Into Gaza Conflict

From Christian Science Monitor:

Israelis and Palestinians question the credibility and effectiveness of 'unprecedented' public hearings about last January's attacks.

Gaza City, Gaza - In a tearful and gruesome testimony, Salah Al-Samouni spoke of the two days of Israeli helicopter attacks in the Zaytoun area of Gaza that claimed 29 members of his family on Jan. 5 and 6.

"They hit us, they hit us with Apaches," Mr. Samouni told United Nations war crimes investigators in Gaza City on Sunday. "I found my 2-year-old daughter, she was dead.... Why?"

Six months after Israel's winter military offensive that left over 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead (10 soldiers and three civilians), the UN is holding unprecedented public hearings in Gaza City and Geneva this week into allegations that war crimes were carried out during the conflict.

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My Comment: By not examining the events that led up to the war (Hamas rocket attacks into Israel), this UN probe is going to be a useless exercise. If I can think of something similar, it is like having a UN probe on the U.S. - Japan conflict in the Second World War .... but ignoring Pearl Harbor.

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