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300 human rights groups say Israel committed war crimes

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An important post at Firedoglake by bmaz. It begins:

As outside observers enter Gaza, we’re learning more about what has happened during the Israeli attack.  What they are seeing is devastating — and is leading to accusations of Israeli war crimes.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for investigations and prosecutions during his tour of Gaza:

Standing in front of the UN compound during a visit to the shattered Palestinian territory, a visibly angry Mr Ban said that he was “heartbroken” by the devastation he witnessed and appalled by the Israeli attack on the UN facility.

“It is an outrageous and totally unacceptable attack on the United Nations,” Mr Ban said, the warehouse still smouldering behind him.

“There must be a full investigation, a full explanation to make sure it never happens again. There should be accountability through a proper judiciary system.

“I have protested many times. I am today protesting again in the strongest terms. I have asked [for a] full investigation and [to] make those responsible people accountable.”

AFP reports that “300 human rights groups” are “planning to submit a 37 page dossier” to the International Criminal Court on Wednesday…

Continue reading. Israel has much to answer for. Note to commenters: I do not condone the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel, but Israel’s response was over the top. If someone wrongly insults you, you’re in the wrong if you shoot them in the leg. Their wrong is small compared to yours.

Written by Leisureguy

21 January 2009 at 9:27 am

Posted in Daily life, Mideast Conflict

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