“The lack of accountability for war crimes and possible war crimes against humanity has reached a crisis point; the ongoing lack of justice is undermining any hope for a successful peace process and reinforcing an environment that fosters violence.”

It was not a surprise that…..

Israeli officials condemned Tuesday a scathing United Nations report that accused the nation of war crimes in its military offensive into Gaza.

UN investigator Richard...

UN investigator Richard Goldstone in Gaza.
Photo: AP

Palestinian officials applauded the report, which was presented at a U.N. meeting, and urged U.N. members to address the alleged crimes documented in the report.

In the report, released earlier this month, a U.N. group accused Israel of committing “actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity” during its military incursion into Gaza from December 27 to January 18.

Neither was this……

The U.S. representative, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, said some of the recommendations in the report were “deeply flawed” and called for Israel and Palestinian authorities to be allowed to finish conducting their own investigations before passing judgment.

While Goldstone conceded that “Israel has a duty to protect its citizens,” he said that this fact “in no way justifies a policy of collective punishment of a people under effective occupation, destroying their means to live a dignified life and the trauma caused by the kind of military intervention the Israeli Government called Operation Cast Lead.”

“This contributes to a situation where young people grow up in a culture of hatred and violence, with little hope for change in the future. Finally, the teaching of hate and dehumanization by each side against the other contributes to the destabilization of the whole region,” he added.


Israeli Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar described the report as “shameful,” claiming it cherry-picked incidents during the conflict for political effect, ignored Israel’s right to self-defense, and provided “support and vindication for terrorist tactics.”

And furthermore…..

“We disagree sharply with many of the report’s assessments and its recommendations and believe it to be deeply flawed,” US Assistant Secretary of State Michael H. Posner said.

Washington also rejected the suggestion that the allegations be taken up by the Security Council in New York.

“If this standard were applied in every conflict situation around the world where there are alleged violations, then the role of the Human Rights Council would be dramatically different,” he said.


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  1. September 29, 2009 at 19:52

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  2. Bill Jones said,

    September 30, 2009 at 00:41

    While Goldstone conceded that “Israel has a duty to protect its citizens,”

    well isn’t that interesting

    in the US

    You have no right to expect the police to protect you

  3. Tom Dennen said,

    September 30, 2009 at 09:17

    Read the free online book “Grand Theft, Planet”.

  4. September 30, 2009 at 14:13

    When it comes to Israel war crimes do not exist.

  5. petr vojta said,

    September 30, 2009 at 16:47

    I say again and again: Is there any improvement for Palestine ?
    Getting vorser day by day . If these criminals occcupaing Palestine can even change the history, if they can make AlMighty to some kind of Realestate agent, then /and forgime me all of you, I did not do any deep scholar research into Islam/, I will defend Dr.Ahmandinejad, for what he does for Peace lowing people on this planet is to be found “in days” of Prophet Mohammed – peace be upon him- he does unite ALL people with message of respect, peace, justice, forgivenes etc…. truly noble man. The one who united people in times of distrees in Middle East … HE was only also only man and lives forever within all of us – peace lowing people.
    I am Czech,but if was Iranan, I would be very proud of my president. Corect me anybody, I respect that, but please, people paid by AIPAC or other similar criminal organizations with licence, dont waste your time…

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