OTTAWA, April 3 /CNW/ - Canada's oft-criticized rejection of the tainted
United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, known as the
Goldstone Report, has been vindicated.
In a Washington Post article, the report's author Justice Richard
Goldstone repudiates both the report itself and its sponsor, the United
Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), for being inherently biased
against Israel. In the column, Goldstone wrote: "If I had known then
what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different
document." Referring to Israeli actions during the war, Goldstone noted
that "civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of
Goldstone goes on to praise Israel's conduct since the operation, noting
it has dedicated significant resources to investigate allegations of
misconduct in Gaza. Goldstone further states that Israel has
implemented numerous policy changes to limit civilian casualties,
including the adoption of new military procedures for protecting
civilians in cases of urban warfare. Goldstone also condemned Hamas'
use of terrorist tactics: "…that the crimes allegedly committed by
Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were
purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets."
In January 2009, Canada was the sole UNHRC member to vote against the
commissioning of the Goldstone Mission. Canada also opposed the UNHRC
endorsement of the report on Oct. 16, 2009.
"More than ever, we are appreciative of the principled positions adopted
by the Conservative government and in particular, its unwavering and
prescient opposition to the Goldstone Commission. We also note the
early and unequivocal rejection of the Goldstone Commission by Liberal
MP Irwin Cotler, as well as Bob Rae's expression of concern once the
report was issued," said Moshe Ronen, National Chair, Canada-Israel
The Harper Government has frequently been criticized by pundits and
human rights organizations for its opposition to the Goldstone Mission
and report, including most recently by Amnesty International. Material
by both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch was frequently
cited by Goldstone in his now repudiated report.
"The Goldstone Report's slanderous allegations against Israel are now
completely discredited, and our Government's position in this regard is
vindicated," said Stephen Cummings, National Chair of CIJA. "We are
hopeful that this key development will prompt Amnesty International and
Human Rights Watch to review their own reports, which will no doubt
reveal a bias similar to that found in the Goldstone Report."
SOURCE Canada-Israel Committee
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