Germany regrets Israel's objection to UN probe in Gaza

Berlin expresses its support to a fair, objective and impartial investigation into incidents in Gaza.

Germany regrets Israel's objection to UN probe in Gaza

World Bulletin/News Desk

Germany has regretted Israel’s decision to not cooperate with a U.N. committee tasked with investigating human rights abuses in Gaza.

“We note with regret the Israeli government’s decision,” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Friday.

Schaefer made the statement at a routine press conference.

“The German government believes a fair, objective and impartial investigation would be a good thing,” he said.

The Israeli government announced Wednesday it would not cooperate with the U.N. Human Rights Council committee formed to investigate violations during Israel’s Gaza offensive between July and August. Israel had alleged the U.N. panel would not be objective.

Israel's 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip had left 2,157 Palestinians dead and more than 11,000 others injured.

Steinmeier to visit Israel and Palestine

The spokesperson also expressed grave concern for the recent rise in tensions in Jerusalem.

He said Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier would travel this weekend to Israel and Palestinian territories to have a closer look on the recent developments.

Steinmeier is expected to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday and hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Schaefer said.

Later, the German minister will also travel to Brussels for the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

Following their Monday meeting in Berlin, Steinmeier and EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini had called for steps to de-escalate tensions in the region.

Tension have run high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours after an extremist rabbi was injured in a West Jerusalem drive-by shooting.

Unrest mounted further when Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi in a raid on his East Jerusalem home.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the Temple Mount, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state -- a move never recognized by the international community.

 

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