Israel demands UN censure Hamas over war crimes

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev on Tuesday filed an official complaint with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over repeated violations of international wartime law by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Shalev noted that Hamas terrorists are operating out of mosques, schools, private homes and other locations designated as "protected areas" under the Geneva Conventions, and thereby turning the civilian population into human shields.

In one of the more serious violations, Shalev said Israel has evidence that Hamas has moved its wartime headquarters to the basement of Gaza City's largest hospital. Other reports have indicated that Hamas' presence in Shifa Hospital is common knowledge on the streets of Gaza.

Ban and most UN members states have been highly critical of what they call Israel's use of "excessive force" in its Gaza campaign, while generally ignoring what amount to Hamas war crimes.

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