Petition for UK to reject Goldstone report

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2009
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Richard Goldstone, who conducted the UN report

Richard Goldstone, who conducted the UN report

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.

The petition states: “We, the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister to declare the UK’s opposition to the Goldstone Report and to ensure its rejection when a vote is taken in the UN Human Rights Council in March 2010.

“We believe that the Report was biased against Israel from the announcement of the UN mission’s mandate.

“This was compounded by its composition, by the selectivity of the incidents it investigated, by the witnesses it interviewed and by its almost complete failure to refer to terrorism and to the defensive context of Israel’s operation in Gaza in January 2009.”

A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies commented: "We did not initiate the petition, but we do share concerns with the Israeli and US governments over the Goldstone report and we are pursuing these concerns with the British government using different channels."

The petition will close on March 6th 2010.

You can sign the petition here.

Last updated: 12:24pm, October 16 2009