Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Goldstone ‘unbalanced, one-sided and basically unacceptable’

Tuesday (Nov. 3): The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved, by a vote of 344 in favour and 36 against, Resolution #867 condemning the UN Goldstone report as “irredeemably biased” against Israel, a day before the United Nations General Assembly convenes to debate it.

Follow this link for the full text of the Resolution.

The following excerpt is from the conclusion:

...Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) considers the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ to be irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy;

(2) supports the Administration’s efforts to combat anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, its characterization of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ as ‘unbalanced, one-sided and basically unacceptable’, and its opposition to the resolution on the report;

(3) calls on the President and the Secretary of State to continue to strongly and unequivocally oppose any endorsement of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ in multilateral fora;

(4) calls on the President and the Secretary of State to strongly and unequivocally oppose any further consideration of the ‘Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict’ and any other measures stemming from this report in multilateral fora; and

(5) reaffirms its support for the democratic, Jewish State of Israel, for Israel’s security and right to self-defense, and, specifically, for Israel’s right to defend its citizens from violent militant groups and their state sponsors.
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