UN Watch Welcomes Withdrawal of Goldstone Resolution

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Geneva, Oct. 1, 2009 - UN Watch comments on the surprise news that the Palestinian draft resolution on the Goldstone report has been withdrawn prior to voting tomorrow at the UN Human Rights Council:

“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 Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva human rights monitoring group.

“Goldstone’s reliance on Hamas witnesses — including the same Hamas police spokesman , Islam Shahwan, 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 by declaring Israel guilty in advance.”

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