Friday, October 16, 2009

UN Human Rights Council Endorses Goldstone Report

Ha'aretz is reporting that the UN Human Rights Council has voted to endorse the Goldstone Report, which accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes during Israel's December-January assault on the Gaza Strip:
"25 of the body's members voted in favor of the resolution that chastised Israel for failing to cooperate with the UN mission led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone. Another 6 voted against and 11 abstained. The resolution agreed in Geneva simply calls for the U.N. General Assembly to consider the Goldstone report and for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report back to the Human Rights Council on Israel's adherence to it. The report calls for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court if the Israelis or Palestinians fail to investigate the alleged abuses themselves. The countries that voted against the report included the U.S., Italy, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Ukraine"
Click here to read the full article. It's not a big surprise that the United States voted against the Goldstone Report, but what does that mean for the movement to challenge U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine? Keep an eye on this space and our website for an action alert and resources for two weeks of action in November. The first week of November we will be calling for action in coordination with the Gaza Freedom March. The second week of November is the international Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall, coordinated by our allies at Stop the Wall. We'll be keeping an eye on the Goldstone Report and incorporating its progress into our ongoing actions. In the meantime, if you haven't already, sign up to be a local organizer, sign the Motorola boycott pledge, and donate to support the work of the US Campaign and to replant olive trees in Palestine that have been destroyed by the Israeli military and settlers.