GayandRight

My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (www.freethinkingfilms.com)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

First looks at Israel's response to Goldstone...

Of course, there won't be a Hamas response...
Israel was set to submit its rebuttal on Thursday to a United Nations reports accusing it of having committed war crimes in Gaza last winter. Though the Israeli response has been kept under wraps, it is expected to list the essential flaws in the report and explain why the report is biased against Israel and tainted with many problems.

By the fifth of February, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to file a compilation of all the responses to the Gaza report, authored by renowned South African jurist Richard Goldstone.

In its rebuttal, Israel was to explain the reasons behind the offensive in the Gaza Strip and what it terms the hardships of fighting against a terror organization that operates inside civilian homes, schools, hospitals and UN facilities.

The Goldstone report has demanded of both Israel and Hamas to carry out independent investigations into the war crimes allegations raised in the UN report. It has not yet been decided whether, in its rebuttal, Israel will inform Ban that it will not carry out any investigations beyond the military probe already completed. It is also not yet clear whether Israel will eventually establish an investigation committee to neutralize the effect of the Goldstone report and to ward off possible UN resolutions that could stem from it.

Officers involved in writing the rebuttal gave the New York Times some details.

One concerned the destruction of Gaza's sole flour mill, the New York Times reported on Saturday. In its rebuttal, Israel will apparently offer photographic proof contradicting the Goldstone report allegation that the Bader flour mill "was hit by an airstrike, possibly by an F-16." Israeli investigators say they can prove the mill was accidentally hit by artillery during the course of a firefight with Hamas militiamen, the paper reported.

The distinction is significant, the paper continued, since the UN report asserts that "the destruction of the mill was carried out for the purpose of denying sustenance to the civilian population," an explicit war crime.

Another detail disclosed to the New York Times concerns the destruction of a wastewater plant, which led to a massive flooding of raw sewage. The Goldstone report argues that Israel deliberately hit the plant, while Israel denies any connection to the incident and suggests the plant may have been destroyed by Hamas explosives.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel assumed that they could just discredit Goldstone and instruct the UN to bury it!

How naive that a party accused of a serious crime could merely rubbish it!

It is clear that very serious acts of atrocity were carried out in order to terrorize the civilian population and those responsible must be brought before the International Court.

5:07 AM  
Anonymous m said...

That the UN would condemn Israel shouldn't surprize anyone. The UN's mandate appears to be to condemn the west and anyone not Islamic. It would be a good time for the world to quit wasting time and resources on this organization and scrap the useless thing

2:21 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I'm sure the words 'anti-semtitism' will appear somewhere in the report.

By 'The UN', do you also mean the USA and UK who seem hell bent on not blaming Israel for anything?

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Philanthropist said...

Palestinians commit atrocities upon each other constantly, and then blame Israel. Egyptians and other Arabs hate the Palestinians even more than they hate each other, and they try to blame Israel. Israel is not blocking the way to middle east peace, it is Arab hatreds.

1:04 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Palestinians commit atrocities upon each other constantly, and then blame Israel.

And this years most moronic comment award goes to...

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Philanthropist said...

Lucy!

2:48 PM  
Blogger GayandRight said...

Lucy!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

I would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve this award today. My parents, my agent, Hugo Chavez, and the Israeli Government who without giving Fred a cause to wet his pants over daily, i would never have been here. Thank you and i'd like to end on a song.

The people's flag
is deepest red,
It shrouded oft
our martyred dead...

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Lucy's Nemesis said...

Lucy, the Palestinian's Red Flag drenched in the blood of murdered innocents is the sole reason you're here?

You want to support the Islamic killing of Israelis whoelheartedly championed by the UN?

The same UN that refused to treat seriously ill survivors at its hospital in Haiti, because the UN hospital is for UN staff only, and the same UN that packed up its food supplies and turned away starving victims because they were too rowdy?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Was it too much to expect my Nemesis to know the Socialist anthem The Red Flag? Obviously it was.

I see you didn't take my advice to eat more fish Nemesis.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Lucy's Nemesis said...

Lucy, was it too much to expect the Original And Best Lucy to know about metaphors? Obviously it was.

The UN is a joke.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Metaphor? Seriously, give the fish a chance.

7:17 PM  

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