" to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying Power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, due to the current aggression "
" While the Israeli Government has sought to portray its operations as essentially a response to rocket attacks in the exercise of its right to self defense, the Mission considers the plan to have been directed, at least in part, at a different target: the people of Gaza as a whole …deeds by Israeli forces and words of military and political leaders prior to and during the operations indicate that as a whole they were premised on a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed not at the enemy but at the 'supporting infrastructure.' In practice, this appears to have meant the civilian population."
The Mission reviewed the pictures allegedly showing the launching of rockets “from within or near residential buildings, including schools, mosques and hospitals” in the Israeli Government's paper and in several of the submissions it received. The Mission notes that it is not reasonably possible to determine whether those photographs show what is alleged .
REPORT: Paragraphs 493 and 1750 assert: The Mission ... found no evidence that members of Palestinian armed groups engaged in combat in civilian dress.
Translation: The Shaheed Commander Muhammad Salamah Hallas, Senior Member of " Arieah Shejeria” Special Force Unit Aslam Shahuuan, Ministry of Interior Spokesman for Hamas (5/1/09): “Men in uniform have been declared targets for air strikes. As a result, while outside in the terrain, uniforms are to be discarded and civilian clothes are to be worn.” Hamas Military Operations in Civilian Clothing Hamas Militant Launching Rocket in Civilian Clothing from Residential Area מגן אנושי
Paragraphs 35, 492 and 1750 assert (with slightly varying language): The Mission found no evidence to suggest that Palestinian armed groups either directed civilians to areas where attacks were being launched or that they forced civilians to remain within the vicinity of the attacks .
Hamas Military Operations in Public Areas Rockets Launched from Schools Rockets fired from UNWRA Elementary School in Beit Hanoun Rockets fired from elementary school yard
REPORT: Paragraph 485 asserts: On the basis of the investigations it has conducted, the Mission did not find any evidence to support the allegations that hospital facilities were used by the Gaza authorities or by Palestinian armed groups to shield military activities and that ambulances were used to transport combatants or for other military purposes.