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UN criticises Israelis over Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009
Mr Falk throws doubt on the legality of Israel's mission in Gaza

Mr Falk throws doubt on the legality of Israel's mission in Gaza

“Because Mr Falk was unable to enter the Palestinian territories, his latest report focuses on the legality of Israel’s January operation in Gaza in general, rather than in specific cases or claims that disproportionate force was used.

Mr Falk said in order to determine if the war was legal, it was necessary to assess whether Israeli forces could differentiate between civilian and military targets in Gaza.

“If it is not possible to do so, then launching the attacks is inherently unlawful, and would seem to constitute a war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law,” Mr Falk’s report says.

He also points to the fact that Gaza’s borders were closed, so civilians were unable to flee the fighting.

Mr Falk, who will present his findings at a news conference at 17:15 GMT, is calling for an independent inquiry to examine possible war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7958452.stm

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