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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Goldstone report released

The United Nations 'Human Rights Council's Goldstone Commission, which investigated Israeli 'war crimes' during Operation Cast Lead, has released its report concurrently with a press conference in New York with a hook up to Geneva. The full report is here (574 page pdf document).

The Commission found evidence of 'war crimes' and 'possible crimes against humanity' committed by both Israel and the 'Palestinians' during the course of Operation Cast Lead.

The Commission believes that Israel can be referred to the International Criminal Court. However, it does not recommend that happen immediately. Instead, it is recommending that Israel be given six months to put IDF soldiers on trial for 'war crimes' and to report back to the UN Security Council on what those trials have shown and how many people have been convicted of 'war crimes.'

Israel has already conducted several trials and investigations as a result of Operation Cast Lead, but in only one instance was anyone convicted of having violated the rules of war.

The 'Human Rights Council' wants Israeli blood.

It remains to be seen whether the Obama administration will instruct the US ambassador to the United Nations to veto any resolution calling for sanctions against Israel or referring any cases to the International Criminal Court.

But President Obama now has another weapon to hold over Israel's head to try to extract concessions to the 'Palestinians.'

What could go wrong?

8 Comments:

At 6:39 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yep. I wonder if that explains your unease about Netanyahu's behavior. Israel is being threatened with dire penalties if not sanctions and there is every good reason to believe Israel's enemies will stop at nothing to attain them. The Goldstone report will give them the ammunition precisely towards that very objective.

What could go wrong indeed

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

Does the report recommend to put 'Palestinians' on trial?

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

two can play this game...

let's find some old jewish guy, about 84 years old...

set up a few smaller nukes on a launching pad for him and let him nuke gaza...

then we can arrest him on "war crimes" put him in a israeli jail, complete with the all the goodies hamas members in israeli jails get... (that would be 3 squares a day, cable, books, cell phones, family visits, medical care, college)

then there would be no "palestinian gaza" issue anymore..

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Sounds like the UN has declared war on Israel.

Bomb the UN. :)

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

nothing will come out of this collection bullocks

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Elder is doing a good job (as usual) ripping apart the inaccuracies at first glance: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/

He'll come up with tons of stuff as he goes along. I can't watch the reports on TV. Turns my stomach.

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger Evgeny Gurevich said...

The Human Rights Council has annulled centuries of international law - it has announced: "Terrorism Pays!"

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Michal said...

Justice Goldstone as Head of the Mission repeatedly insisted that the Mission was not a judicial inquiry and so "could not reach judicial conclusions". On this basis that he justified the inclusion of partisan mission members, admitting that their involvement "would not be appropriate for a judicial inquiry'. The Report however is highly judicial in nature, reaching conclusive judicial determinations of guilt, and including 'detailed legal findings' even in the absence of the sensitive intelligence information which Israel did not feel able to provide. These determinations are made notwithstanding the Report's admission that it does "pretend to reach the standard of proof applicable in criminal trials".

 

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