Palestinerne har trukket resolusjonen om Goldstone-rapporten de skulle lagt frem i FNs Menneskerettsråd fredag.
«This constitutes a massive defeat for Mr. Goldstone’s biased report, a slipshod piece of work whose scattershot recommendations to the entire world threatened to harm, not help, the peace process,» said executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva human rights monitoring group.
«Goldstone’s reliance on Hamas witnesses — including the same Hamas police spokesman that accused Israel of distributing aphrodisiac gum to corrupt Gaza youth — reflected the biased agenda of the Arab-controlled UN Human Rights Council, which created the ‘fact-finding’ mission while declaring Israel guilty in advance.»
Norge sitter nå som medlem av Rådet.
Goldstone forsvarte rapporten som bærer hans navn i et innlegg i Jerusalem Post. Han kritiserer Israel for ikke å ha deltatt i prosessen med vitner, og heller ikke svart på spørsmål.
he mission’s mandate enabled Israel to bring its concerns and facts relating to Operation Cast Lead publicly before a UN inquiry. It could have been used by Israel to encourage the UN and especially the Human Rights Council to move in a new direction beneficial to the interests of Israel. I repeatedly requested the government of Israel to do that, and to meet with me in Jerusalem to discuss how the Fact-Finding Mission should approach its mandate.
Even after that approach was rejected, the mission sent a substantial list of questions to the government requesting information on issues in respect of which we proposed to report. We did not wish to make findings adverse to Israel public without having the benefit of the facts and its views on them. That request for information also fell on deaf ears.
So it is hardly fair for Israel to accuse the mission of «getting its facts wrong.» In short, the benefits of an even-handed mandate from the Human Rights Council were squandered by Israel.
Den balanserte tilnærming Goldstone viser til gjelder kommisjonens mandat: Først skulle den bare undersøke Israels handlinger, men så ble dette endret til også å omfatte palestinerne.
UN Watch reagerte på at en av rådsmedlemmene fordømte Israel før arbeidet i det hele tatt kom igang, og ønsket at hun skulle trukket seg. Det gjorde hun ikke.