0542 GMT August 10, 2022
A high-level team of investigators, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe "all underlying root causes" in the drawn-out Israel-Palestinian conflict, pointed the finger squarely at Israel, according to AFP.
"Ending the occupation of lands by Israel... remains essential in ending the persistent cycles of violence," the report said.
The 18-page report mainly focuses on evaluating a long line of past UN investigations, reports and rulings on the situation and how and if those findings were implemented.
Lead investigator Navi Pillay, a former UN rights chief from South Africa, said in a statement that the findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict.
"We also found that these recommendations have overwhelmingly not been implemented," she said.
"It is this lack of implementation coupled with a sense of impunity, clear evidence that Israel has no intention of ending the occupation, and the persistent discrimination against Palestinians that lies at the heart of the systematic recurrence of violations in both the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem [Al-Quds], and Israel."
Israel has refused to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry (COI) created last year following the 11-day Hamas-Israel war in May 2021, which killed 260 Palestinians and 13 people on the Israeli side.
The COI, which is the highest-level investigation that can be ordered by the UN Human Rights Council, was tasked with looking beyond that surge in violence and to investigate all violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Al-Quds.
While the council had previously ordered eight investigations into rights violations in the Palestinian territories, this was the first open-ended probe, and the first to examine "root causes" in the drawn-out conflict.
It was also the first tasked with looking at systematic abuses committed within Israel.
Israel has slammed the creation of the investigation, and has also loudly criticised Pillay for "championing an anti-Israel agenda".