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Israel refuses to cooperate with UN rights probe

ISrael, rechazo, investigación, ONU, Gaza

Israel refuses to cooperate with UN rights probe

Tel Aviv, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Israel has refused to cooperate with a UN commission looking into alleged Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians during its May offensive on Gaza, local press reported Friday.

The Times of Israel newspaper quoted excerpts from a letter written by Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israeli ambassador to UN and international bodies in Geneva, announcing his country’s official stance.

Mr. Shahar lashed out at the team led by South African Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, while insisting on his country’s thesis of UN´s alleged partiality on this issue.

With 29 votes in favor, 9 against and 14 abstentions, the UN Human Rights Council passed to probe into Israeli war crimes committed against Palestine, where over 250 individuals passed away during the 11-day bombing.

A few days ago, the NGO B’Tselem said Israel made it difficult or prevented a large part of patients who live in Gaza from traveling abroad to receive medical treatment.

In 2021, as many as 15,466 requests to leave the territory for medical treatment were submitted, of which 37% were denied, went unanswered or were “under review”, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) said in a statement.

In January, the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor warned that over than 1.5 million of Gazans live in poverty due to blockade.


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