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Added by on 2014-09-04

by Henry Hullah The war between Israel and Hamas has left both sides accused of committing war crimes as Gaza lies shattered. In less than two months a reported 17,000 homes were destroyed while tens of thousands have been left destitute and without a place to live. On top of this, Israel is confiscating around 1,000 acres of Palestinian land near Bethlehem. Human rights expert Professor William Schabas is chairman of a U.N. inquiry in to the conflict. He’s received criticism in this role and the Commission of the Inquiry he is leading has been labelled a ‘Kangaroo court’ by the spokesperson for the Israeli foreign minister. Schabas seemed optimistic about the prospect of speaking with unenthusiastic officials. “They can’t prevent us doing an inquiry by refusing to give us access.” “I’m hopeful that we’re going to convince Israel to cooperate with the inquiry. You know, five or six years ago, there was a controversial inquiry that was presided over by Richard Goldstone.” “He later said that if he had known things when the report was being prepared that he later learned, the report would have been different. I think that’s a powerful lesson for Israel about the interest it has in actually coming forward and cooperating with the inquiry.”