Goldstone report

UN backs Goldstone report into Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, October 16, 2009

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted the Goldstone Report, with a huge majority voting in favour of referring the report’s recommendations to the UN Security Council.

Twenty-five members voted in favour, with six voting against the report, including the US. Eleven countries, including Britain and France, declined to vote.

Israel does not have a seat on the Human Rights Council, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak personally telephoned European leaders, including Gordon Brown and David Miliband, urging them to vote against the report.

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Britain will abstain from Goldstone UN vote

By Jessica Elgot, October 16, 2009

Britain will abstain from a crucial United Nations vote today over whether to endorse the Goldstone Report, despite urgent calls from Israel for Gordon Brown to reject it.

The UN Human Rights Council will vote in Geneva on whether to accept the report, which was strongly critical of Israel’s conduct during the Gaza offensive in January this year.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly held a heated phone conversation with Mr Brown yesterday where he claimed that if the resolution against Israel was to pass; it could completely derail the peace process.

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Fatah seeks peace agreement with Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

Fatah have signed a preliminary truce deal with Hamas, amid rising tensions between the two Palestinian factions over the Goldstone Report.

But Hamas is yet to sign the agreement, and a spokesman for the party said their leadership would not be pressurised into peace.

Hamas has been strongly critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who originally refused to push for a UN debate on the Goldstone Report.

The UN-commissioned report had been critical of Israel’s conduct during the Gaza offensive earlier this year.

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Barak to Miliband: Don't accept Goldstone

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has urged David Miliband not to accept the UN’s Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which found Israel guilty of war crimes.

Mr Barak has embarked upon a telephone campaign to key European foreign ministers to persuade them to criticise the report ahead of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, who will discuss the report on Thursday.

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Will the UN report finish Abbas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 8, 2009

Internal fallout from the Goldstone Report on the fighting in Gaza is now threatening to bring down the Palestinian Authority leadership.

A commission of inquiry has been set up in Ramallah to investigate why the Palestinians dropped their demand to refer the report to the United Nations Security Council.

The report, written by a team headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, alleged that Israel committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in January.

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Petition for UK to reject Goldstone report

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009

A petition launched by a Board of Deputies member asks Gordon Brown publicly to reject the UN Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

Jonathan Hoffman, co-vice chairman of the Zionist Federation and a member of the Board of Deputies launched the petition “No To Goldstone” on the Number 10 website.

The petition has also been signed by Douglas Murray, the journalist and director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.

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Israel may set up official inquiry into Cast Lead

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 1, 2009

The Israeli government is considering whether to set up an official commission of enquiry into Operation Cast Lead in the wake of the United Nations Goldstone report.

The investigation, prepared by Judge Richard Goldstone for the United Nations Human Rights Council and presented two weeks ago, accused the IDF of committing war crimes during the Gaza operation in January.

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Goldstone rejects 'barrage of criticism'

By Jessica Elgot, October 1, 2009

The judge responsible for compiling the UN report into the Israeli offensive in Gaza has rejected the “barrage of criticism” he has received since publication.

Richard Goldstone, who headed the UN’s investigation, said: "We will not address these attacks as we believe that the answers to those who have criticised us are in the findings of the report."

Mr Goldstone’s inquiry produced a 574-page report which concluded: "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity.”

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Analysis: Judge Goldstone's other religion

By Gerald Steinberg, September 24, 2009

Richard Goldstone does not fit the model of alienated anti-Zionist Jews who promote boycotts and have no other involvement with Israel or the Jewish community. Quite the opposite. He is an active member of the community, is involved in Zionist groups, and has a daughter who lived in Israel.

So other explanations are needed for the harshness of his report on Gaza. From his activities, speeches and writings, some themes emerge.

Judge Goldstone’s life is intensely focused on the “laws of war”, in which he strongly believes, rejecting all debate or criticism.

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US: It was mistake to say we will block Goldstone

By Jessica Elgot, September 24, 2009

The White House has claimed reports that the Goldstone report would be blocked by the US from going to the International Criminal Court, were a mistake.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said an anonymous official "misspoke" when he told Jewish organisations that the US would not allow the report’s recommendations to go beyond the Human Rights Council.

Mr Vietor said the US policy towards the Goldstone report remained the same as was given in the statement by Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN.

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