No Israeli Cooperation on War Crimes

Israeli and Palestinian probes into Gaza conflict not sufficient, say UN experts.

“The parties responded, albeit in a different manner, to the call of the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to meet their obligations to investigate allegations of crimes detailed in the Fact-Finding Mission report,” said Christian Tomuschat, chair of the committee of experts.

“The investigations, however, remain incomplete in some cases or fall significantly short of meeting international standards in others,” he added.

The Committee, which issued its report today, said that while it received no response to its numerous requests for cooperation and access to Israel and the West Bank from the Israeli authorities, it did receive cooperation and assistance from the Palestinian side.

“A lack of cooperation from Israel has hampered the Committee’s assessment of investigations into serious violations of war crimes,” Christian Tomuschat stated.

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