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Egypt’s proposal to end war in Gaza calls for lifting part of blockade


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"I don’t know if we should extend negotiations. It could be that fire erupts again," he said. "We must be on alert and ready all the time."

The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva this week formed a commission to look into possible war crimes violations during the Gaza fighting.

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Israel has not said whether it will cooperate with the investigation. But the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it believes the commission, and its chief investigator, Canadian law professor William Schabas, are biased against Israel.

In a television interview, Schabas said he wouldn’t let his history of criticizing Israeli leaders affect his ability to carry out the investigation.

"What someone who sits in a commission or who is a judge has to be able to do is put these things behind them and start fresh and this is what I intend to do," he told Israel’s Channel 2 TV.

He would not say whether he would investigate Hamas’ actions.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the commission a "kangaroo court" whose verdict is "known ahead of time."

Meanwhile, the world’s largest bloc of Islamic nations called for an international donors conference for Gaza. The 56-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation also expressed its disappointment at the failure of the U.N. Security Council "to assume its responsibilities" of maintaining peace and security.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal said his country would work with other donors to finance $500 million for the reconstruction of houses and facilities in Gaza. He did not elaborate. Officials have said at least $6 billion is needed.

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Associated Press writers Ian Deitch in Jerusalem and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.



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