Goldstone report under fire

Goldstone report under fire

The United Nations Human Rights Commission last week endorsed the findings of the Goldstone report, which accused Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during Operate Cast Lead earlier this year. The council’s condemnation, however, singled out Israel without mentioning Hamas.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

This move confirmed what Israel has been saying since Richard Goldstone began writing his now infamous report: Israel is being unfairly singled out. Following are several recent stories that appear to back up that claim.

Robert Bernstein, a founder of Human Rights Watch, in The New York Times earlier this week criticized HRW for singling out Israel while ignoring real despots.

His column elicited a handful of responses.

Despite the support of the UNHRC, China has announced it would block the Goldstone report from reaching the UN Security Council and International Criminal Court.

In an Oct. 16 address to a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said Israel “did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”

Speaking of military analysis, after a recent visit to Israel, one of Canada’s top generals said he now understands what Israel went through with Gaza.

The creme de la creme, though? Goldstone himself criticized the UNHRC for singling out Israel and ignoring Hamas.

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