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Spesialrapportør for FNs Menneskerettsråd om Israel, amerikaneren Richard Falk, vil ha en uavhengig granskning av Israels krigføring i Gaza, spesielt mener han Israel skulle latt sivile slippe ut av Gaza til Sør-Israel.

Richard Falk som tidligere har ytret seg sterkt kritisk om Israel, sammenligner Gaza med Waraszawa-ghettoen under annen verdenskrig.

Falk said Israel had made no effort to allow civilians to escape the fighting.

Comparison to Warsaw Ghetto

«To lock people into a war zone is something that evokes the worst kind of international memories of the Warsaw Ghetto, and sieges that occur unintentionally during a period of wartime,» Falk, who is Jewish, said, referring to the starvation and murder of Warsaw’s Jews by Nazi Germany in World War Two.

«There could have been temporary provision at least made for children, disabled, sick civilians to leave, even if where they left to was southern Israel,» the US professor said.

Falk said the entire Gaza population, which had been trapped in a war zone with no possibility to leave as refugees, may have been mentally scarred for life. If so, the definition of casualty could be extended to the entire civilian population.

Falk har ikke selv vært i Gaza. Han uttaler seg på telefon fra California.

Det er grunn til å tro at Falks sterke anti-israelske og anti-washington-holdninger var en sterk medvirkende årsak til at han ble utnevnt til spesialrapportør for Human Rights Council.

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