Nobel Peace prize winner, Archbishop Emiritus Desmond Tutu, today "denounced what he called the international community's silence and complicity over the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip," according to the AFP.
Tutu is on a three-day UN fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths of 19 Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli action on November 2006 in Gaza (40 people were wounded).
Tutu said the "incident ... was a violation of human rights in the fact that civilians were targeted."
He called the blockade of Gaza "a gross violation of human rights" and he urged Hamas to stop rocket attacks against Israel.
Tutu said Israel and Hamas must speak to each other and he used the South African example to illustrate the need for enemies to engage.
I am not holding my breath.
Nontheless, Tutu and his team will now put together an assessment report that will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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