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U.N. officials defend report critical of Israel’s Gaza assault

Responding to an Israeli call for retraction, the principal researchers behind the United Nations’ Goldstone Report — which was highly critical of the Israeli military’s actions during the major assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 — insisted that no details have come to light that would contradict their findings. Though critical…

Israel closes probe on Gaza civilian deaths

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military advocate general is to close an investigation into the shooting deaths of four Palestinian civilians who were carrying a white flag, a military spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday. “Due to lack of evidence, the army advocate general Avishai Mendelblit is to close the inquiry into the…

Israeli court: Soldiers used Palestinian boy as human shield

An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield by forcing him to check for booby traps during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. A transcript of the court decision made available by the army said the infantry sergeants were found guilty of…

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