UN rights chief condemns Israel's blockade of Gaza

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Israel of violating the rules of war with its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Pillay says in a 34-page report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that the blockade amounts to collective punishment of civilians under the Geneva Conventions. She said that Israel should ease restrictions on Gaza immediately and move toward a complete lifting of the blockade and other restrictions. The UN high commissioner for human rights said Friday that both Palestinians and Israelis committed breaches of international humanitarian law in the December 2008-January 2009 Operation Cast Lead.