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Goldstone: Israeli refusal will not stop Gaza probe

June 4, 2009 6:58 P.M. (Updated: June 4, 2009 6:58 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The head of a UN fact-finding mission to Gaza said on Thursday that he would continue his investigation into alleged war crimes in spite of Israeli noncompliance.

Speaking at a news conference in Gaza, Justice Richard Goldstone said Israel was approached a number of times seeking its cooperation in the inquiry into the three-week attack on Gaza in December and January.

"The response," he said, "was a complete refusal."

"But we will not let that stop us from carrying out our mission," Goldstone said, ". the refusal of cooperation will not in any way decrease the weight of our investigation," adding that his team would also probe Israel's own allegations of war crimes committed by its opponents.

Goldstone also said that while he could not disclose any information about the events his team is investigating during its weeklong visit to Gaza, the commission's report will be made public by the first week of September.

He also said that Palestinians attitudes toward the probe had been "admirable" and their cooperation would be noted in the report. The Hamas de facto government in Gaza has complied with the investigation, in contrast to Israel.

Goldstone, a Jewish South African judge and veteran of two international war crimes tribunals, was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to lead the investigation into Israel's attack on Gaza, which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead.

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