Israeli groups call for Gaza war investigation


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Several Israeli human rights groups are calling for an independent investigation of Israel’s conduct during its operation in Gaza.

The letter, circulated to members of the House of Representatives, addressed the organizations’ concern with House Resolution 867. scheduled to be debated on Tuesday, and "factual inaccuracies, both about the Goldstone Report and about the measures taken by Israel to date."

The groups urged the congressmen to "show their support for the internal democratic conversation taking place in Israel and to call on Israel to demonstrate that it can ensure genuine accountability at home."

House Resolution 867 calls on President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to "oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ in multilateral fora."

The letter was signed by B’Tselem, Gisha, Hamoked – Center for the Defense of the Individual, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, and Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights.

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