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Barbs fly at UN Security Council over Gaza report

Israeli-Palestinian animosity on display over war-crime findings of Gaza report. Human Rights Council is next stop.

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George Mitchell, President Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, could not have liked the tone of Wednesday's UN Security Council debate on human rights violations during last winter's Israeli offensive into Gaza.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki accused Israel of "savage aggression" and said the UN must act on Israel's "callous disregard for human life" as exhibited during the 22-day war or lose global credibility.

Not to be outdone, Israel's UN ambassador, Gabriela Shalev, said any evaluation of the offensive that fails to start with Hamas's regular shelling of Israeli civilian populations is "one-sided ... biased" and "favors and legitimizes terrorism." Furthermore, she added, by raising the issue before the council, Libya was trying to "hijack" the council's agenda with "a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" (to quote Shakespeare's "Macbeth").

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