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Israel blasts UN Human Rights Council over Gaza

Israel blasts UN Human Rights Council over Gaza
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Israel has called for an end to United Nations investigations into its offensive on the Gaza Strip, claiming the UN Human Rights Council was ‘obsessively biased’ against it.

In late 2008 and early 2009 Israel attacked the enclave to stop, it said, Palestinian rocket attacks.

Christian Tomuschat, the chairman of the Expert Committee discussing a recent UN report on the conflict said: “The fact-finding mission rejected the Israeli viewpoint that the entire governmental infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including the legislative council building, was a legitimate target.”

A UN report found Israel and the Palestinians had both committed war crimes, and said investigations by each side into human rights abuses were not enough.

Israel’s ambassador in Geneva Aharon Leshno Yaar said: “Today we had another manifestation of how Israel cannot get a fair hearing in this Human Rights Council. There is no respect of human rights in our neighbourhood, in the Arab countries, but this is the Human Rights Council and I don’t have any expectations from this council unfortunately”

The Council in Geneva was also discussing another report, this time on the Israeli commando assault to repel an aid flotilla trying to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip when nine activists were killed.

That report said Israel’s actions violated human rights and international humanitarian law.