Eric Ruder looks at the Goldstone report documentation of war crimes committed during Israel’s Gaza offensive–and the criticism unleashed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ willingness to help Israel suppress the report.
Socialist Worker, October 22, 2009
Families returned to what was left of their homes in Jabalia, Gaza
THE UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution October 16 to forward a report documenting war crimes committed during Israel’s three-week Gaza offensive in late 2008 and early 2009 to the UN Security Council–the first in several steps that could ultimately lead to war crimes tribunals against Israel.
Two weeks before, Palestinian representatives to the UNHRC had requested a delay of the vote in response to prodding from the U.S. and Israel, which tried to bury the Goldstone report–named for Richard Goldstone, the former South African Supreme Court justice who authored the 575-page report–because it meticulously documented Israeli war crimes.