House Condemns U.N. Report on Gaza War

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The U.S. House of Representatives has condemned a report by the United Nations that accuses Israel of war crimes.

Lawmakers voted 344 - 36 to condemn the Goldstone Report.

The report claims that Israel targeted civilians and used disproportionate force in its 22-day offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza earlier this year.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the report "paints a distorted picture" and that it "epitomizes the practice of singling Israel out from all other nations for condemnation."

Hoyer concluded that the report was "unfair, unbalanced, and inaccurate."

On Wednesday, the U.N. is expected to approve a resolution urging Israel to investigate and prosecute those suspected of possible war crimes.

"The Goldstone Report illustrates the anti-freedom, anti-Israel bias which deeply pervades the UN system, and it does not deserve consideration or legitimacy from responsible nations," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the crafter of the resolution.

"Even in the fog of war, it is clear that Israel took every reasonable measure to minimize the risk of civilian casualties. It is clear that Israel had every right and duty to defend its citizens from the onslaught of rocket and mortar attacks from Hamas and other militants in Gaza," she said.

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