Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Israel Investigating Possible Gaza War Misconduct

By ISABEL KERSHNER, NYT, SEPT. 10, 2014

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Military Advocate General Corps has ordered criminal investigations into five incidents of possible misconduct on the part of Israeli forces in the 50-day Gaza war, a senior Israeli military official said on Wednesday.

Word of the investigations, coming two weeks after a cease-fire in the conflict, appeared to be the beginning of an Israeli effort to pre-empt the impact of international inquiries into allegations of possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The investigations also seemed bound to provoke criticism from rights groups, including some in Israel, who question how the military can conduct a credible criminal inquiry into its own actions.

The most prominent of the five cases have already drawn international censure: an Israeli strike that resulted in the death of 16 civilians sheltering at a United Nations school in Beit Hanoun and the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach.

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