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Gaza officials protest EU vote on Goldstone report
Published Tuesday 05/04/2011 (updated) 06/04/2011 10:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Over 100 Palestinian figures from the Gaza Strip sent a letter of protest to the EU Representative in Palestine, after delegates voted against moving forward on the recommendations of the Goldstone Report at the UN.

"Our Palestinian people feel shocked and angered regarding the European vote on Friday, March 25, 2011 in the 16th term of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva," the letter said.

EU representatives voted against a resolution which started a process that could lead allegations of war crimes during Israel's 2008-2009 war on Gaza to the International Court of Justice.

"We were expecting a European position that supported the resolution," the letter added.

While member nations of the UNHRC passed the motion, Palestinian officials denounced "the fact that the majority of European countries did not vote in favor of the resolution."

The letter was sent days after justice Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist behind the investigation, printed an opinion article in the Washington Post, questioning the findings of his own investigation.

"The allegations of intentionality by Israel were based on the deaths of and injuries to civilians in situations where our fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion," the article said, referring to the refusal of Israel to participate in the probe.

However, Goldstone added that "investigations published by the Israeli military and recognized in the U.N. committee’s report have established the validity of some incidents that we investigated in cases involving individual soldiers, they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy."

Critics have questioned Goldstone's motivation for writing the article, and cited a history of suspect internal Israeli military investigations as reason to remain skeptical, and pursue charges in an international court system.

In Gaza, officials said "There is a big difference between what the European governments claim in terms of their care for respect to human rights and international humanitarian law and their real positions on the ground which prevent achieving justice in this region of the world."

The letter said the failure of European governments to support the report and its recommendations "reflects the double standards," noting that Britain voted against the resolution while other EU nations abstained.

Goldstone was charged by the UN to carry out an investigation into the events of Israel's Operation Cast Lead, in which 1,400 Palestinians - mostly civilians - and 13 Israelis were killed. The investigation found evidence of war crimes committed both by the Israeli military and Gaza resistance factions. It recommended that investigations be carried out into the allegations, and said that if credible investigations could not be carried out internally, that they should be referred to the ICJ.
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1 ) Abban / America
05/04/2011 13:53
"1,400 Palestinians - mostly civilian" B.S! Both Goldstone, Israel, and Hamas released more or less equal casualty figures. The maximum "civilian" death is barely 50%, but Hamas released their report saying the majority of deaths were Hamas militants. Israel spent over 6 months gathering intel and requiring information on individuals. Unlike journalists, who write whatever sells better. Goldstone Report was not only biased but patently false. Hamas got off easy in 2009. They wont nxt time.

2 ) Tobias / US
05/04/2011 14:40

Goldstone was charged by the UN to carry out an investigation
against both Hamas and Israsel, and
HAMAS WAR CRIMES WERE CLEAR, WITHOUT AN INVESTIGATION !!!

"Palestinian people feel shocked and angered regarding the European vote on 3/25/11, in the 16th term of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva,"
BUT THE LAW IS NOT ON THEIR SIDE !!

And, the Report should still lead allegations of war crimes by HAMAS and Gaza resistance factions, to the International Court of Justice !!!


3 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
05/04/2011 15:01
Of course, Gaza terrorists (the current Gaza government) are never responsible, never to blame. This is the typical Arab thought process anyway: "Always say it's Israel."

4 ) carine / UK
05/04/2011 16:44
Rather one-sided Tobias, don't you think? Methinks you have a mental blockage when it comes to IDF war crimes. Goldstone did not exonerate Israel. You should read the op-ed again, without skipping the bits you don't want to know about...
BTW - do you get paid by the letter, the sentence or the CAPITAL LETTER??

5 ) Tobias / US
05/04/2011 18:25
Carine,

I don't get paid to write the truth, and
I will NOT write lies or fantasies like you !!

If Israel targets civilians, as you say, and
if Israel is also strong enough to defeat the combined Arab armies
(Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.),
then how do you explain HOW ANYONE IS STILL ALIVE IN GAZA ??

Answer: You can't !!
But you "have a mental blockage", preventing you from seeing the truth: Israel targets fighters & Hamas targets civilians !!


6 ) RichardL / UK
05/04/2011 19:49
"I don't get paid to write the truth" Well that confirms what we already knew Tobias.

7 ) Chimo / USA
05/04/2011 20:25
Poor Carine! It must be awful for you to read how the investigator of the "Cast Lead" operation has realized that the useless Human rights commission is nothing more than a gathering of anti semites and zionist haters albeit belatedly. Israel investigated it self, what has hamas done? A big fat nothing and yet you like the rest of your leftist terror supporting buddies still have it in for Israel! No wonder Britannia is dead

8 ) marge / US
05/04/2011 21:12
No surprise that EU vote against the Goldstone Report going forward, as EU, UN & Nato are cronies of the US and follow its lead. Everyone should know by now that US is controlled by Apartheid Israel and would not allow the Goldstone Report to go forward.

Palestinians should have taken advantage of the worlds outrage and sympathy when they had the chance, and allowed the Goldstone Report to go forward. Instead, they killed the Report and gave US plenty of time to bury for good.

9 ) carine / UK
06/04/2011 16:23
#7 Chimo
Despite what Goldstone thinks of the UNHRC -
AP: 6/4/11 - " Goldstone not seeking nullification of report."
Isn't it awful how crowing can sometimes turn round and bite you on the bum....
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