There is reason to conclude that Israel’s military operation in Gaza was a war crime according to a UN human rights investigator.
Richard Falk says preliminary evidence indicates Israeli forces could not distinguish between civilian and military targets. At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he said this would make Israel’s offensive illegal; “The overall ratio of deaths: 1,434 on the Palestianan side, 13 on the Israeli side, is suggestive of the one sidedness of the military encounter and provides a basis for challenging the legality of initiating a military assault with modern weaponry against an essentially defenceless society.” Accused of bias by Israel, Falk is demanding an independent inquiry. Separately today an Israeli human rights group slammed soldiers’ conduct, claiming Palestinian medical staff were attacked. One Gaza woman told a TV crew she called Palestinian emergency services to help her injured husband. She says they told her they could not come because they would be fired on. She says her husband died, after being untreated for three days. Israel’s military says it is investigating allegations. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has insisted the country has the most moral army in the world.