Monday, December 11, 2006

Israel is afraid of Tutu


Israel tries to hide the slaughter it carried out in Beit Hanun.
Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said Monday that the Israeli government's failure to permit a fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli-Palestinian violence was "very distressing."

"We find the lack of cooperation by the Israeli government very distressing, as well as its failure to allow the missing timely passage to Israel," Tutu told reporters after UN officials said Israel had blocked his UN fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip.

Tutu was to begin leading a six-member team over the past weekend in thenorthern Gaza town of Beit Hanun to investigate the killings of 19civilians in an Israeli artillery barrage last month.

But Israel refused to grant the South African anti-apartheid campaigner the necessary travel clearance, said officials in two separate UN departments.

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