Former Icelandic FM to head UN Israel ship attack probe?

The head of the United Nations Human Rights Council is likely to request that former Icelandic foreign minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir head up an investigation into the Israeli attack on Gaza-bound aid ships.

Nine Turks died when the Israeli military boarded a flotilla of aid ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade. The Israeli authorities claim that the people on board the ships attacked them first with a variety of weapons; but the survivors claim the Israelis attacked first and that no weapons were on board.

According to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York last week and expressed his government’s unease with the likely foundation of an investigative committee into the incident.

Haaretz also claimed that Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir is the likely chair of the committee – something which Gisladottir has since confirmed to Icelandic broadcaster RUV. She said that the committee is still at a nascent stage and will need to include people with many different points-of-view. Among the names suggested so far is Philippe Kirsch, the former president of the International Criminal Court.

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