January 24th, 2010, 05:12 AM
Israel Official Reply On Goldstone Gaza Report: Probe Biased, Flawed
Sun., January 24, 2010 Shvat 9, 5770
Israel was set to submit its rebuttal on Thursday to a United Nations reports accusing it of having committed war crimes in Gaza last winter. Though the Israeli response has been kept under wraps, it is expected to list the essential flaws in the report and explain why the report is biased against Israel and tainted with many problems.
By February 5, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to file a compilation of all the responses to the report, authored by renowned South African jurist Richard Goldstone.In its rebuttal, Israel was to explain the reasons behind the offensive in the Gaza Strip and what it terms the hardships of fighting against a terror organization that operates inside civilian homes, schools, hospitals and UN facilities.Israel launched its three-week offensive in Gaza in December 2008 in an effort to halt near daily rocket fire from the coastal strip onto its southern communities.
The Goldstone report has demanded that both Israel and Hamas carry out independent investigations into the war crimes allegations it raises. It has not yet been decided whether, in its rebuttal, Israel will inform Ban that it will not carry out any investigations beyond the military probe already completed. It is also not yet clear whether Israel will eventually establish an investigation committee to neutralize the effect of the Goldstone report and to ward off possible UN resolutions that could stem from it.Officers involved in writing the rebuttal gave the New York Times some details.
One concerned the destruction of Gaza's sole flour mill, the New York Times reported on Saturday. In its rebuttal, Israel will apparently offer photographic proof contradicting the Goldstone report allegation that the Bader flour mill "was hit by an airstrike, possibly by an F-16." Israeli investigators say they can prove the mill was accidentally hit by artillery during the course of a firefight with Hamas militiamen, the paper reported.
The distinction is significant, the paper continued, since the UN report asserts that "the destruction of the mill was carried out for the purpose of denying sustenance to the civilian population," an explicit war crime.
January 24th, 2010, 05:20 AM
The U.N. and the world continues to galvanize against Israel. But again, we know how the story ends.
January 24th, 2010, 07:24 AM
OK, so now we are going to get Israel film footage proving the inaccuracy (lies) of the report and the totally biased nature of its compiling. Course this will prove to be irrelevant since the truth is the last thing these folk want.
This whole fiasco is of the mentality of "We got the tree, we got the rope. Now lets have the trial so we can get on with the hanging"