Niluccio over at the Amnesty International blog writes about war crimes in Gaza:
The finding from the UN investigator Judge Richard Goldstone that both the Israeli Defense Forces and Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes in Gaza at the beginning of the year has met with two predictable responses.
Response no1: Hamas says it fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel â€œin self-defenceâ€. It rejects criticism on the basis that â€œresistanceâ€ apparently confers the right to behave this way. Response no2: Israel rejects the 575 pages of the Goldstone report (presumably without reading any of them) because the UN fact-finding mission was a UN Human Rights Council investigation, a body that Israel considers to be biased against it.
As Antony Lerman notes regarding the Human Rights Watch/WW2 military memorabilia affair, Israel has a nasty habit of playing the man not the ball when it comes to fending off critics. Itâ€™s presumably why Goldstoneâ€™s own daughter has given a â€œprebuttalâ€ interview where she says her father is â€œa Zionistâ€ who â€œloves Israelâ€. After HRW, is Amnesty International next? Are we set to be outed as a hotbed of Holocaust-deniers? Will key Amnesty researchers be unmasked, shown to be furtive collectors of David Irving DVDs? What about that Neil Durkin? Didnâ€™t he once go to an â€œOiâ€ skinhead gig in the early 80s where the audience was wall-to-wall bovver boys all in thrall to The Cockney Rejects? (Yes, but I can explainâ€¦)
It’s quite scandalous that by trying to shoot the messenger, both Hamas and Israel are trying to get away from justifying their actions during the Gaza war. And by behaving like Hamas in this regard, Israel only demeans its own status.
I don’t really want to get into the circular I/P discussions here – please keep those thoughts to yourself. This is specifically about what happened in Gaza and how both have behaved since then.
Amnesty have set up a page so you can tell David Miliband to support the Gladstone findings. Go on, you know you want to.
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