TEL AVIV — Findings released Monday from a UN Independent Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict blamed Israel for the bulk of what it condemned as indiscriminate and potentially illegal acts committed by both sides in last summer’s 51-day war.
While insisting that it is “neither a judicial body nor a prosecutor,” the commission established by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) found “reasonable grounds” to hold both sides accountable for war crimes committed last July and August.
The report noted that up to 10 organized armed groups in Gaza collectively fired 4,881 rockets and 1,753 mortars at Israel, killing six Israeli civilians.
“The Commission has serious concerns with regard to the inherently indiscriminate nature of most of the projectiles directed towards Israel by these groups and to the targeting of civilians, which violate international humanitarian law and may amount to a war crime.”
It also noted that investigations by Palestinian authorities were “woefully inadequate” to hold militants accountable for crimes, “seemingly owing to lack of political will.”
Nevertheless, as predicted by the Israeli government, which declined to cooperate with the UNHRC investigation, the report focused primarily on Israeli policies and targeting operations that resulted in 2,251 Palestinians killed, including 299 women and 551 children.