Israel, Hamas Reject U.N. Ceasefire Proposal

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Israeli and Hamas forces continued fighting Friday, dismissing the United Nation’s resolution for an immediate ceasefire.

As the fighting raged on in Gaza, in Geneva the U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay called for an independent investigation of war crimes in Israel and Gaza. She said that individual criminal responsibility may be invoked, and added, “The vicious cycle of provocation and retribution must be brought to an end.”

Despite the rejection of the ceasefire, diplomatic efforts continue to work to bring an end to the conflict. Egyptian-mediated talks are taking place in Cairo with Germany and France backing their efforts. The U.S., which helped draft the failed resolution, is now waiting to see the results of Egypt’s mediation efforts.

Demonstrations are being held against Israel in Arab and Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. At the same time pro-Israeli demonstrations are being planned in London, Rome, Berlin and Vienna by the European Jewish Congress.