Ondanks de goede reputatie van onderzoeker Richard Goldstone – of juist vanwege? – weigert Israel mee te werken aan het onderzoek van de VN Mensenrechten Raad naar de Gaza-oorlog. Hamas moet nog antwoorden. Interessant is hoe de VS en EU zullen reageren op de oproep van Human Rights Watch om Israel en Hamas onder druk te zetten om mee te werken aan dit onderzoek.
Israel does not plan to cooperate with a U.N. agency’s investigation into alleged war crimes by Israeli troops and Hamas militants during fighting in Gaza, an Israeli government official said on Wednesday.
Israeli forces launched a 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in late December with the stated goal of stopping cross-border rockets fired by Palestinian militants.
According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 Palestinians, including 926 civilians, were killed in the fighting. Israel disputes those figures.
The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed former U.N. war crimes prosector Richard Goldstone this month to head the investigation into allegations of human rights violations by both sides during the Dec. 27 to Jan. 18 conflict.
The Israeli government official said a letter was sent to Goldstone, a South African judge, through the Israeli embassy in Geneva informing him and the council that Israel believed it was "impossible to cooperate with the committee" in its inquiry.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on Jan. 12 condemning Israel’s military offensive and calling for its cessation was not supported by most democratic countries.
Hamas has not voiced opposition to Goldstone’s inquiry but has yet to say whether it will cooperate. Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged the United States and the European Union to pressure Israel and Hamas to go along with the investigation…
..With Tel Aviv having opted out of cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council on the matter, Ban’s inquiry is the only one left to have access to the both sides of the conflict.
This is while, UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann refers to the organization’s record of failures to address the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The UN had been failing in its commitments dating back to 1947 when it promised to establish both a Palestinian state and Israel, he said. "That is the single biggest in the history of the United Nations: The lack of fulfillment. Because we still do not have a Palestinian state officially declared and we still have turmoil."