EU Parliament endorses Goldstone Report.  Votes to monitor Israeli war crimes probe WEDNESDAY, r 10 MARCH 2010 http://bajurtov.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/34371_richard_goldstone.jpg Brussels, r March 10, r 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - The European Parliament on Wednesday urged its 27-member states to monitor the Israeli and Palestinian probes into alleged war crimes committed during last year's late-winter conflict in Gaza. The resolution backed the findings of a UN-appointed expert panel chaired by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, r which concluded that both sides committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the war that began in December 2008 and ended in January 2009. The parliamentary move, r which would give the EU an unprecedented role in evaluating the progress of Israel's war crimes probe, r was sharply criticized by Israel. "We find this resolution flawed and counterproductive, r" said Yoel Mester, r spokesman for Israeli mission to EU. R "While other players are striving to support the peace process and to start the proximity talks between Israel and Palestinians, r it is regrettable that the European Parliament chooses to concentrate on a highly controversial issue." In December, r the EU accused Israel of trying to divide the bloc to stop it from passing a resolution calling for Jerusalem to be the shared capital of Israel and for a future Palestinian state. R The measure was adopted despite Israel's opposition. The European Union also has criticized Israel over its suspected role in the slaying of a Hamas militant in Dubai and the killers' alleged use of forged EU passports. The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also recently asked to be allowed to visit the Gaza Strip, r which remains under Hamas control. The European Parliament measure, r passed by 335-287, r said Ashton should monitor actively the implementation of recommendations included in the Goldstone report. In January, r the UN General Assembly gave the two sides five more months to finalize their own investigations into war crimes allegations during the conflict, r in which 13 Israelis and almost 1, r400 Palestinians were killed. R To read more of the article, r go to: http://www.paltelegraph.com/palestine/gaza-strip/4705-eu-parliament-votes-to-monitor-israeli-probe-into-war-crimes