Advocacy Alert!

28Oct09

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On September 15, 2009, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, led by Judge Richard Goldstone, released its report, commonly referred to as the “Goldstone Report.” This report accuses Israel of committing “war crimes” during its defensive operation last winter against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The notoriously anti-Israel U.N. Human Rights Council endorsed the Goldstone Report and recommended U.N. General Assembly consideration. Labeling the report “deeply flawed”, the United States opposed this measure. Libya and the Palestinians are now pressing for U.N. Security Council action.

Members of the House of Representatives have introduced a resolution (H.Res. 867) urging the Obama administration to oppose “any endorsement or further consideration” of the Goldstone Report. The resolution was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). The resolution denounces the “irredeemably biased” Goldstone Report and expresses support for Israel’s right to self-defense. The resolution is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives in the next few weeks.

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