Both Israeli and Palestinian authorities could face a probe on war crimes following the December-January conflict in Gaza. During Israel’s assault, more than 1,000 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died.
On Wednesday, the UN discussed a resolution following accusations in the Goldstone Report.
Speaking at the UN gathering, Permanent Observer of Palestine, Riyad Mansour said: “Despite all efforts, the international community, including the United Nations, has failed to implement its resolutions, fostering a culture of impunity that has enabled Israel to persist in its crimes against the Palestinian people.”
With accusations being levelled at both sides, the non-binding resolution looks like a certainty. Israel, which along with the US has dismissed the report, also addressed the UN.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Gabriela Shalev said:
“But the Goldstone report and this debate do not promote peace. They damage any effort to revitalise negotiations in our region. They deny Israel the right to self defence.”
Written by Goldstone and published in September, the report was commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council. Though it criticised both sides, it was harsher on Israel.
Israel has condemned the document. It feels its citizens suffered badly as well - an example of which is the rockets fired on the Israeli town of Ashkelon. The UN debate continues.
UN supports probe on Gaza 'war crimes'