Monday, October 19, 2009

Phyllis Bennis on U.S. opposition to Goldstone Report

Electronic Intifada is carrying a report by Thalif Deen of the International Press Service on the UN Human Rights Council's adoption of the Goldstone Report. Here's US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis, author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, on the U.S. vote against the Goldstone Report at the HRC:
"There is a clear double-standard, once again, in the US position between Ambassador Susan Rice's recognition of the primacy of accountability for war crimes in the case of Darfur and Sudan, regardless of any potential impact on future peace talks, while rejecting accountability in the case of Israeli actions in Gaza....If Washington remains unwilling to hold Israel accountable for its violations, the potential for a new US position in the world -- one in which the United States is respected instead of resented, welcomed as a partner instead of feared -- will be impossible."
Click here to read the full report.