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Fact finding committee leaves Gaza, disappointed over Israel’s lack of cooperation

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

Israel refused to cooperate with the investigation and claimed that its own investigation “proved that the Israeli army acted in accordance to international principles, and did not violate the International Law”.

Goldstone, a Jewish South African Judge, was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip.

For full article visit http://www.imemc.org/article/60704

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George Bisharat: Israel on Trial

Posted in Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Of 1,434 Palestinians killed in the Gaza invasion, 960 were civilians, including 121 women and 288 children, according to a United Nations special rapporteur, Richard Falk. Israeli military lawyers instructed army commanders that Palestinians who remained in a targeted building after having been warned to leave were “voluntary human shields,” and thus combatants. Israeli gunners “knocked on roofs” — that is, fired first at corners of buildings, before hitting more vulnerable points — to “warn” Palestinian residents to flee.

With nearly all exits from the densely populated Gaza Strip blocked by Israel, and chaos reigning within it, this was a particularly cruel flaunting of international law. Willful killings of civilians that are not required by military necessity are grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and are considered war crimes under the Nuremberg principles.

For full article, visit http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14985

UN picks South African Jew to head Gaza war crimes inquiry

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

Goldstone will investigate conduct by both sides in Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 people including 926 civilians were killed in the fighting.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076259.html

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

He is also on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr Goldstone said he was “shocked, as a Jew”, to be invited to head the mission.

“I’ve taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I’m associated with organisations that have worked in Israel.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7981538.stm