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September 30, 2009

B'Tselem Knocks Goldstone Report

Over the years, B'Tselem has hardly shown itself to be a beacon of accuracy and fair treatment of Israel (see here, here, here, and here). It is therefore notable that B'Tselem director Jessica Montell has come out critically against the Goldstone report. The Jerusalem Post reports:

The UN Human Rights Council and the Goldstone Report are either biased or mistaken in some of their fundamental accusations against Israel, according to B'Tselem human rights group director Jessica Montell.

She said the council was wrong in its gravest accusations against Israel. These include the claim that Israel intentionally targeted the civilian population rather than Hamas, and the "weak, hesitant way that the report mentions Hamas's strategy of using civilians [in combat]." . . .

"There's no question that the HRC, which mandated the Goldstone [fact-finding mission into the Gaza fighting], has an inappropriate, disproportionate fixation with Israel," she said.

She added that the council was "a political body made up of diplomats, not human rights experts, which means that the powerful states are never going to come under scrutiny the way the powerless will. So China, Russia and the US will never have commissions of inquiry, regardless of how their crimes rank relative to Israeli crimes."

But in her accusation that Israel has brought the report upon itself by failure to conduct internal investigations, Montell, like Goldstone and his team, ignores Israeli investigations that have been completed or are underway.

Posted by TS at September 30, 2009 03:55 AM

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Im sorry but B'Tselem helped create this monster.

You give a pedestal to distorters of the truth over and over again and now your surprised when its ok to lie?!

Posted by: Esh Tamid at October 7, 2009 01:24 PM

There is an interesting article about how Palestinians exploit this biased report for making political capital:
http://samsonblinded.org/news/palestinians-undeterred-by-obama-13838

Posted by: ValeriusS. at October 9, 2009 10:48 AM

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