The 400-page report was written without the cooperation of Israel, which insisted that the body should have considered “the thousands of Hamas missiles attacks on civilians in southern Israel that made the Gaza Operation necessary.” There is no question that those acts are crimes themselves and are relevant to any reviewing of the cause or justification for the invasion. However, this investigation focused on how the invasion was carried out — a separate issue.(CNN). Unless those who commit and officially promote these crimes in the U.S. and Israel are dealt with, the spectre of wholesale war crimes could escalate in every future conflict.
Goldstone, who is Jewish, has previously indicated that the group found clear evidence of violations of international law in the invasion.
The UN found that Israel failed to minimize casualties, used white phosphorous in civilian areas, intentionally fired upon hospitals using high-explosive artillery shells, and did not effectively warn civilians of attacks. It also accused some Israeli soldiers of using civilians as human shields and attacking food supplies for civilians.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
What Is Good For Goose & Gander
The U.N. has found that some in Israel's military followed the example of rogue elements of the U.S. military and U.S. contractors and committed war crimes in Gaza in the recent past: