Israel has criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for appointing what it calls a biased committee to probe Tel Aviv’s deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy.
An unnamed Israeli official in an interview with AFP on Sunday called the three-member fact-finding panel as "biased."
He further alleged that the council’s team of experts intended to satisfy an anti-Israeli majority that controls the body.
The UNHRC on Friday appointed former UN war crimes prosecutor Desmond de Silva, Trinidadian judge Karl T. Hudson-Phillips and Malaysian women’s rights advocate Mary Shanthi Dairiam to investigate the May 31 attack in which Israeli commandos killed nine peace activists and injured many others.
The panel of experts would investigate whether the commando operation breached international law.
The UN body described the panel as "completely unbiased," urging Israel to cooperate. Tel Aviv has refused to collaborate with previous investigations conducted by the UN body.
The Human Rights Council condemned the incident during an emergency session days after the operation and decided to set up a commission of inquiry.
The three-member panel is due to present its findings in mid-September.