Saturday, October 17, 2009

One-sided, Unjust UNHRC decision

From THE JERUSALEM POST Oct. 16, 2009:

Following the UN Human Rights Council's endorsement of the Goldstone Commission Report in Geneva on Friday, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem stated that Israel rejects the "one-sided decision" and calls on "all the responsible states" not to accept it.

..."The council's decision undermines efforts to safeguard human rights in accordance with international law, as well as the efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The decision encourages terror groups in the whole world and undermines world peace. The decision also ignores the fact that the IDF took unprecedented measures to avoid harming civilians, and [ignores] the terrorists' use of civilians as human shields."

Although the Goldstone report also accuses Hamas of war crimes, the five-page resolution adopted in Geneva explicitly mentions only Israel...

...Judge Richard Goldstone himself also criticized the wording of the UNHRC draft resolution, saying it was wrong to target only Israel while failing to condemn Hamas.

"This draft resolution saddens me as it includes only allegations against Israel...There is not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report. I hope that the council can modify the text..."
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