UN: Gaza Crisis Intolerable

| Tue Sep. 26, 2006 2:50 PM EDT

BBC reports:

Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels, says a UN expert on the Mid-East conflict.

John Dugard said Israel was largely to blame for turning Gaza into "a prison" and "throwing away the key".

But he also criticised the US, Canada and Europe for withdrawing funds to the Palestinian Authority, run by Hamas militants who do not recognise Israel.

Dugard also said, "If ... the international community cannot ... take some action, (it) must not be surprised if the people of the planet disbelieve that they are seriously committed to the promotion of human rights," and that "Gaza is a prison and Israel seems to have thrown away the key."

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