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UN's Goldstone inquiry to begin investigation this weekend

May 29, 2009 8:34 P.M. (Updated: May 29, 2009 8:34 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The United Nations' team of experts tasked with investigating alleged Israeli war crimes will depart for Gaza this weekend, officials said Friday.

The group is looking into claims Israel committed flagrant violations of the laws of war during its 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip that began in late December.

UN spokesperson Rolando Gomaz said the initiative, led by Jewish-South African prosecutor Richard Goldstone, will leave for Gaza early next week, although Israel is not expected to cooperate in the undertaking.

At a news conference in Geneva, Gomez said the Goldstone team has repeatedly asked Israel to cooperate with the mission being led by the UN Human Rights Council, but the country has declined.

"This committee has been instructed to find Israel guilty no matter what and there is no point in cooperating with such a masquerade," said government spokesman Yigal Palmor, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Amnesty International alleged that Israel repeatedly violated the laws of war during its assault on Gaza last winter.

"Israeli forces repeatedly breached the laws of war, including by carrying out direct attacks on civilians and civilian buildings and attacks targeting Palestinian militants that caused a disproportionate toll among civilians," the group said in its annual report on the state of human rights worldwide.

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