U.S. Senate to U.N.: Cancel Goldstone Report

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The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling on the United Nations to cancel the Goldstone Report, following the admission by retired South African judge Richard Goldstone that the report was flawed.

The U.N.-backed commission's findings accused the Israel Defense Forces of "war crimes against humanity" during its three-week military incursion into the Gaza Strip two years ago.

Senate Resolution 138 urges members of the U.N. Human Rights Council "to reflect the author's repudiation of the Goldstone Report's central findings, rescind the report and reconsider further Council actions with respect to the reports findings."

The resolution calls on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to "do all in his power to redress the damage to Israel's reputation" caused by the erroneous report and to urge the UNHRC to profoundly change course so it "no longer unfairly, disproportionately and falsely criticizes Israel on a regular basis."

The resolution affirms Israel's right as a sovereign nation to defend its citizens and takes note that Goldstone himself admitted that civilian casualties during the operation were lower than stated in the report.

In his op-ed piece published by The Washington Post on Friday, April 1, Goldstone wrote, "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document."

"We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza War of 2008-2009 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council that produced what has come to be known as the Goldstone Report," he wrote.

Goldstone also wrote that while Israel initiated significant investigations of its actions during the operation, Hamas "has done nothing."

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