The Goldstone Report has caused reverberations throughout
The accusations against
Much of this was due to the cruel use of innocent Palestinians as human shields behind which Hamas terrorists hid. This was achieved by Hamas force and threats to annihilate Palestinian families who do not provide shelter for Hamas terrorists. Verification of
Hamas and its terrorist allied groups are irregular militants who do not abide by any Geneva Convention Laws of warfare. Their cruel practices and manipulations paid dividends as far as the Goldstone Report findings are concerned. The UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) had interviewed Palestinian witnesses and based its findings on their statements.
There were no Israeli witnesses and this was a severe tactical error on
At least, if
The detailed accounts of reputed crimes against Palestinians committed by the IDF are questionable. The possibility of the tragedies suffered by innocent Palestinians could be because of Hamas hostile activity against
Always lurking in the background is
On the other hand, Hamas is very intransigent irrespective of whether
There has been unilateral Israeli withdrawal from
The Goldstone Report did not denigrate Hamas for the initiation of the Gaza War for which it was responsible but only stated in passing its minuscule responsibility for war crimes committed.
In conclusion, the Goldstone Report stated that
The recommendations of the Goldstone Report are that both parties to the conflict institute a commission of enquiry on the allegations of committing war crimes.
Opponents of the Hamas regime are tortured and even murdered. How can this evil band of terrorists be held accountable for anything? The Goldstone Report glibly overlooked Hamas responsibility for the Gaza War and intense suffering of the Palestinians for which it was clearly responsible.
This has placed the eminent Judge, Richard Goldstone, in the ingenious situation of being a protégé of Hamas which was certainly not his intention. It seems as if he was manipulated by the UNHRC
Human Rights Watch insisted that Hamas should launch a "credible investigation" into serious violations by its fighters during Operation Cast Lead. Even if this were an option, Hamas would say that
Some ministers want
A sham investigation,
Without defining responsibility
And without uncovering
The army’s actions.
That will not reduce
What is needed is a
State investigation committee,
Headed by a Superior Court judge,
To hear testimonies
From soldiers and Gaza residents,
In public and in the presence
Of international observers.
For the Israeli government
That is the lesser evil.
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