U.N. Reports on Israeli War Crimes
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
The U.N. Human Rights Council has finally endorsed a report accusing the Israeli army of war crimes during its siege of the Gaza Strip—an assault that left more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. The report will now be voted on by the Security Council.
While the vast majority of deaths were caused by the Israeli military, the report also accused Palestinian militants of war crimes, though it’s worth noting that including these two in the same sentence creates the misperception that both sides held equal fault in the matter. —JCL.
The UN Human Rights Council has backed a report into the Israeli offensive in Gaza that accuses both Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes.
The report by Richard Goldstone calls for credible investigations by Israel and Hamas, and suggests international war crimes prosecutions if they do not.
Twenty-five countries voted for the resolution, while six were against.
Both Israel and the US opposed official endorsement of the report, saying it would set back Middle East peace hopes.
Israeli soldiers prepare white phosphorus shells—chemical weapons—on the Israel-Gaza border during Israel’s siege of Gaza in 2008.