US rejects Israeli accusations on Turkish charity

U.S. Department of State's spokesman Philip Crowley said that the UN Human Rights Council's resolution condemning Israel's operation on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza was made "with a rush".

US rejects Israeli accusations on Turkish charity

U.S. Department of State's spokesman Philip Crowley said that the UN Human Rights Council's resolution condemning Israel's operation on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza was made "with a rush".

Regarding U.S.'s voting against the resolution, Crowley said, before there's even the opportunity for an investigation, this resolution put the complete responsibility on Israel. We thought that was an" inappropriateness". As we indicated, we thought this was a rush to judgment.

We continue to believe that Israel is in the "best position" to lead that investigation. We want to ensure that there is a credible investigation, and we will continue to talk to Israel and other countries about possible international participation," he noted.

When recalled of the accusations that IHH humanitarian relief foundation extended support to terrorist organizations, Crowley said, "we know that IHH representatives have met with senior Hamas officials in Turkey, Syria and Gaza over the past three years. That is obviously of great concern to us. That said, the IHH has not been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States."

The U.S. could not validate IHH's connections with al-Qaida, he added.

When asked whether the U.S. considered calling on the Israelis to lift the siege of Gaza, Crowley said, "we support the expansion of humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza. And at the same time, we recognize that Israel has legitimate security concerns given the attacks that have emanated from Gaza in recent months and years that have endangered the Israeli people. We will be talking to Israel and other countries about ways in which we can improve the flow of assistance to Gaza and support the people of Gaza while meeting Israel's security concerns."

Crowley also said, "we support an investigation that meets international standards. There are a number of ways of doing that. We'll be talking to Israel about how it can best lead an investigation that is broadly viewed as credible by the international community."


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