UNITED NATIONS – The Palestinians said Friday they wanted the United Nations Human Rights Council to set up a commission to conduct an independent investigation into the killing and wounding of Palestinians during the protests in Israel Gaza [1
" It seems the Israeli occupiers are not holding back, they are not listening to anyone and continuing this massacre, "Mansour told reporters.
For a fourth week, several thousands of people in Gaza protested on the border with Israel in protesting the blockade of Hamas-ruled territory and pushing Palestinians for "return rights" to refugees and their descendants to what now Israel is
Israeli soldiers firing across a border fence killed four Palestinians on Friday, the number since the start of the protest march at the end of March at 32, and the number of injured through live rounds to more, according to the Health Ministry of Gaza (19659011) Israel says it defends its border and claims that Hamas uses protests as cover for attacks. The Palestinians say rising casualties signal that the Israeli military is holding onto its open rules against the demonstrators despite international criticism of the use of deadly force against unarmed demonstrators.
Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement on Friday "Hamas continues to incite violence against Israel, as rioters today use firebombs and other means to damage the fence and infiltrate our sovereign territory."
He urged all UN officials to "condemn Hamas, promote violence, promote instability and, for the despicable act of exploiting women and children, endanger them."
The Security Council has not commented on the protests because the United States, Israel's closest ally, has blocked the statements critiqued by most critics, high numbers of victims and Israel's use of force against protesters.
With Security Council action bl The Palestinians turn to the Geneva Human Rights Council, where there are no vetoes. Mansour pointed out that the Palestinians had succeeded in persuading the Human Rights Council to authorize three different fact finding missions and commissions.
He said the Palestinians would not accept an Israeli-announced investigation into his military action in Gaza. it can not be credible. "
An investigation must be independent and transparent, Mansour emphasized, as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for other countries and most recently six independent human rights researchers.
A joint statement on April 17:" Despite Israel's commitment, the events In recent weeks, security forces continue to use live ammunition and rubber bullets against the demonstrators, killing and wounding dozens of mostly unarmed demonstrators, women, men and children alike. "
Experts, including the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories," stated "that the shootings could have resulted in unlawful killings and injuries.
The Joint Statement welcomed an Israeli inquiry, but said it was conducting an independent investigation "was the only way to really respond to what happened in Gaza and prevent its repetition. "
Investigators cited reports that some Israeli officials suggested the purpose of the Israeli probe was" to avoid review by the international community and the International Criminal Court.
The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called for an end to the violence in Gaza on April 8, stating that the Palestinian Territories were under preliminary examination by their bureau and that they were closely watching the events there.
According to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, the court will not assume jurisdiction if there is a national investigation, Mansour stressed.
"I believe that Israel has recently announced that it will closely investigate its behavior so as not to allow the ICS to proceed with an investigation," he said.
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