UN to investigate war crimes during conflict between Israel and Gaza – Young Pan

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All ‘root causes of tensions’, such as ethnic and religious discrimination, will also be analyzed; Netanyahu criticized the decision and said he would not cooperate with the entity

Oded Balilty / EFEPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the UN Human Rights Council has an ‘anti-Israel obsession’

The Human Rights Council of United Nations (UN) approved on Friday, the 28th, the carrying out of an international investigation on alleged war crimes committed during the recent conflict between Israel it’s at Gaza Strip. The resolution also requires all “root causes of recurrent tensions” to be analyzed, such as “discrimination” and “systematic rebuke” based on “national, ethnic, racial or religious identity”. The measure received 24 votes in favor, 9 against and 14 abstentions, including that of Brazil. The Palestinian Islamic Movement Hamas he stated that his actions represent “legitimate resistance” and called for “immediate steps to be taken to punish” Israel. The Israeli prime minister, on the other hand, Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the decision, saying the entity slows down “a genocidal terrorist organization”, and said it would not cooperate with the investigation. “Today’s shameful decision is yet another example of the UN Human Rights Council’s evident anti-Israel obsession,” he added. Between 10 and 21 May, the bombings killed 12 Israelis and 254 Palestinians, among whom 67 were children.

On Thursday, the 27th, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle bachelet, said the offensives “cast doubt on Israeli compliance with the principles of distinction and proportionality of international humanitarian law”. She explained that, while Israel has “the Iron Dome and professional military forces to defend them, the palestinians they have no protection against air strikes against one of the most densely populated areas in the world ”. The former president of the Chile he recalled that, in addition to the victims, the attacks resulted in the large-scale destruction of civilian facilities, including homes, offices of humanitarian organizations, medical centers and the media. “Despite Israel’s claim that many of these buildings housed armed groups or were used for military purposes, we have seen no evidence to that effect,” said Bachelet. In reference to Hamas, the former president acknowledged that “it is also a violation of international law to place military assets in densely populated civilian areas, or to attack from them”. However, he indicated that “the actions of one party do not exempt the other from its obligations”.