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The Arab-sponsored UNHRC resolution to endorse discredited Goldstone report

Following is the draft UNHRC resolution to endorse the Goldstone report’s absurd and one-sided recommendations, such as to indict most of the Israeli Knesset’s left-wing leaders before the International Criminal Court. It was submitted by Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference), Tunisia (on behalf of the Araba Group), Nigeria (on behalf of the African Group), Egypt (on behalf of the Non-Alined Movement), on September 25, 2009, and is set for a vote at the end of this week. Continue reading ‘The Arab-sponsored UNHRC resolution to endorse discredited Goldstone report’

Canada slams U.N.’s Goldstone report for “pre-emptively assuming Israel’s culpability”

In the Canadian House of Commons Today

Mr. James Lunney (Nanaimo-Alberni, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, this week the UN Human Rights Council released its latest anti-Israel missive.

The Goldstone report began with a mandate to condemn the Jewish state in a process that Canada and many other nations would not support. The report accuses Israel of war crimes in the recent Gaza conflict.

Regrettably, war crimes is the same claim made by the Leader of the Opposition during the conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Could the minister of state please inform this House what the government’s response is to this report?

Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I would remind this House that the so-called fact-finding commission was the creation of one of the United Nation’s most flawed bodies, the Human Rights Council, which includes some of the UN’s least democratic states.

In commissioning this study, the Human Rights Council pre-emptively assumed Israel’s culpability. This government has never equated Israel, a democratic state, with terrorist groups which seek to destroy both it and its people.

Mr. Speaker this government will continue to remind Canadians and members opposite that it is one thing to offer supportive words to Israel when it’s convenient, and quite another to stand firm in its hour of need.

U.N.’s Imminent Gaza Report Challenged by 50 U.K. & Canadian Lawyers for ‘Bias’

U.N.’s Imminent Gaza Report Challenged by 50 U.K. & Canadian Lawyers for ‘Bias’

Arab and Islamic States Plan to Use Goldstone Report for Indictment of Israel by International Criminal Court

Geneva, Sept. 13, 2009 – An unprecedented team of fifty British and Canadian lawyers are challenging the refusal of a U.N. investigator to step down from an inquiry on the recent Gaza conflict, arguing that London School of Economics professor Christine Chinkin’s participation on the panel – after she declared Israel guilty prior to seeing any evidence – “necessarily compromises the integrity of this inquiry and its report.” Continue reading ‘U.N.’s Imminent Gaza Report Challenged by 50 U.K. & Canadian Lawyers for ‘Bias’’

30 Canadian lawyers Challenge “Biased” U.N. Investigator’s Refusal to Step Down From Gaza Inquiry

Toronto, Canada, Sept. 12, 2009 — Thirty Canadian lawyers are challenging the refusal of a U.N. investigator to step down from an inquiry on the recent Gaza conflict, saying London School of Economics professor Christine Chinkin’s presence on the panel — after she declared Israel guilty prior to seeing any evidence — “necessarily compromises the integrity of this inquiry and its report.”

While UN rights chief Navi Pillay and groups critical of Israel say the imminent report, authored by a UN Human Rights Council inquiry headed by former South African judge Richard Goldstone,  should be referred by the Security Council to the International Criminal Court, Geneva diplomats say U.S. and Western states will block any such attempt by the Arab and Islamic blocs. Continue reading ’30 Canadian lawyers Challenge “Biased” U.N. Investigator’s Refusal to Step Down From Gaza Inquiry’

U.K. lawyers and academics protest Goldstone Mission’s failure to disqualify biased LSE professor

The following open letter by British lawyers and academics was sent today to LSE professor Christine Chinkin in reaction to the Goldstone inquiry’s recent rejection of UN Watch’s request that she step down due to her prior statements. UN rights chief Navi Pillay expressed the hope that the report, due out on Saturday, be used by the Security Council to refer Israel to the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes. For more info, click here. Continue reading ‘U.K. lawyers and academics protest Goldstone Mission’s failure to disqualify biased LSE professor’

U.N. Goldstone inquiry rejects ‘so-called petition of UN Watch’; denies mission is quasi-judicial

Following  is the August 25, 2009 statement sent by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict to The Jewish Chronicle of London, in response to UN Watch’s legal brief demanding the disqualification of Christine Chinkin:

“The allegation by UN Watch that Professor Christine Chinkin is disqualified from being a member of the UN Fact Finding Mission is based solely on the contents of a public letter published on 11 January 2009 in the London Sunday Times. The letter condemns in clear terms the firing of rockets by Hamas and suicide bombings. It also states that the military attacks by Israel were unlawful and contrary to the provisions of international law and, in particular, the Charter of the United Nations. More specifically, the signatories to the letter state that the response by Israel was not commensurate with the deaths caused by the Hamas rocket fire. A copy of the letter is attached. Continue reading ‘U.N. Goldstone inquiry rejects ‘so-called petition of UN Watch’; denies mission is quasi-judicial’

Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth: Ends Justify the Means?

As he did in May, Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth is once again advocating for the indefensible UN Human Rights Council “fact-finding” mission on Gaza, in a Jerusalem Post op-ed, without properly informing readers that its head, Judge Richard Goldstone, was until recently a board member of his organization as well as an active defender of its controversial statements on Israel. Last time, this affiliation was carefully buried at the end amid a jumble of others; this time it’s not even mentioned. Continue reading ‘Human Rights Watch’s Ken Roth: Ends Justify the Means?’

LSE Law Professor Urged to Step Down from U.N Gaza Inquiry over Bias

GENEVA, August 20, 2009 – The U.N. fact-finding mission into alleged violations in the recent Gaza conflict is being asked to disqualify London School of Economics law professor Christine Chinkin, over prior statements she made “categorically rejecting” Israel’s right to self-defence against Hamas rocket attacks, and accusing Israel of “aggression” and “prima facie war crimes.” A 28-page legal brief was filed today by the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch.

“International law and the rules of due process require fact-finders in the human rights field to be impartial,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch and an international lawyer, “and that means being free of any commitment to a preconceived outcome.” Continue reading ‘LSE Law Professor Urged to Step Down from U.N Gaza Inquiry over Bias’

U.N. announces: Goldstone report to be released in September

Folks are asking UN Watch when we’ll see the report of the Goldstone Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza. Answer: “The Goldstone report will be made available next month, prior to the Human Rights Council’s next session, which starts on 14 September,” announced the U.N. recently in New York. Continue reading ‘U.N. announces: Goldstone report to be released in September’

Riots in China. Protests in Iran. UN rights council talks about … Israel

(National Post of Canada, op-ed page, July 17, 2009)

A case study in U.N. hypocrisy

By Hillel Neuer and Marissa Cramer

Last week, not for the first time, the world witnessed state-sanctioned violence against protesters in Iran and China. Yet the United Nations was instead focused on Israel, due to unprecedented hearings held by a UN inquiry into the Gaza conflict of six months ago. This was precisely the goal of the body that organized the inquiry, the discredited UN Human Rights Council. Continue reading ‘Riots in China. Protests in Iran. UN rights council talks about … Israel’

U.N. diplomats watch Gaza reruns, no time for victims in China and Iran

The diplomats at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva have simply not found any time this summer to help the peaceful protesters being gunned down by state-sponsored forces in Iran and China.

The human rights chambers are effectively mothballed until the next mandatory session in September.  Neda got shot? Uighurs are being slaughtered on the streets? Sorry, I’ve got a lunch-time appointment for water-skiing in Lake Geneva with two of my buddies from the Non-Aligned Movement. Continue reading ‘U.N. diplomats watch Gaza reruns, no time for victims in China and Iran’

Goldstone defends Christine Chinkin from bias charge

On Saturday, Justice Richard Goldstone of the U.N. fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict gave an interview with Israel TV’s Channel 1 news, hosted by Yaacov Achimeir. Click here for video, or see extract below:

Interviewer: Mr. Justice Goldstone, how do you explain that during the last seven or eight years of Palestinian shelling of cities, of towns in the southern part of Israel, [that] no UN commission of inquiry was established? Why is that? Continue reading ‘Goldstone defends Christine Chinkin from bias charge’

International law expert testifies before Goldstone’s Gaza inquiry team

The hearings in Geneva for Goldstone’s Gaza fact-finding mission came to a close today. The final speaker, Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt University and expert in accountability in the practice of hostilities, spoke about the application of international law, especially the Geneva Conventions, to both state and non-state actors during combat.

Click here for webcast (requires Real Player).

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Military expert testifies on weapons use by Hamas, Israel at Goldstone’s Gaza hearings

During the afternoon hearings of the Goldstone Gaza fact-finding mission at the U.N. in Geneva today, Lt. Col. Raymond Lane, chief instructor in the Irish Defense Forces School, testified on weapons use by Hamas and Israel. Reuters reports here on his testimony, but misrepresents or takes out of context his statements on Israel’s use of certain weapons, as we note further on.

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Goldstone Gaza probe continues to hear from Palestinian experts

At the U.N. in Geneva this morning, the Goldstone fact-finding mission into the Gaza war continued to hear from Palestinian experts.  They were Ms. Sahar Francis, director of the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association; Mr. Majd Bader of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel; Mr. Fadi Qwasmi, a lawyer representing members of the Palestine Legislative Council; and Mr. Salehaldin Musa of the Palestinian independent commission for human rights.

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West Bank and Israeli Palestinians testify before Goldstone mission

The U.N. fact-finding mission on Gaza, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, continued hearings in Geneva this afternoon. While the morning session focused on Israeli victims of Hamas terror, the afternoon was devoted to pro-Palestinian witnesses and experts from Israel and the West Bank. They were Shawan Jabarin, head of Al-Haq‘s Legal Research and Advocacy Department, Mohammad Srour, former mayor of a West Bank town who testified together with Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, and Mr. Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center. The mission had previously heard from Gazan victims of the conflict during its travel to the region.

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Goldstone’s Gaza fact-finding mission hears from Israeli victims

This morning the U.N. fact-finding mission into the Gaza conflict, headed by international prosecutor Judge Richard Goldstone, commenced its first day of hearings in Geneva, featuring Israeli victims of Hamas terror. The mission had previously traveled to Gaza to hear from Palestinian victims of the conflict.

Below is our summary. Click here for the webcast.  Click here for UN transcript.

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Father of Israeli captive Gilad Shalit addresses Gazans through U.N. testimony

Noam Shalit, father of Israel captive Gilad Shalit, was in Geneva today to deliver the powerful testimony below to the U.N. fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict. Continue reading ‘Father of Israeli captive Gilad Shalit addresses Gazans through U.N. testimony’

U.N. Human Rights Council fails to ratify changes to Goldstone Mission

While on April 3, 2009, the UNHRC president purported to give new terms of reference to Judge Richard Goldstone’s fact-finding mission, the ensuing council session in June failed to take up UN Watch’s challenge (below) to ratify the purported changes, thereby legally preserving intact the original one-sided mandate that pre-determined Israel’s guilt. Continue reading ‘U.N. Human Rights Council fails to ratify changes to Goldstone Mission’

Why Goldstone Mission’s Christine Chinkin must resign

Judge Richard Goldstone’s fact finding mission on Gaza will hold hearings in Geneva this week. Following was our interactive dialogue with his team in May. As can be seen, regrettably our questions were never really answered. And Prof. Christine Chinkin did not tell the truth when she denied already having pronounced herself on the very matter the mission is supposed to determine

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Why Mary Robinson rejected the mandate accepted by Judge Goldstone

With hearings to be held in Geneva next week by the UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the Israel-Gaza war, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, it is interesting to recall that former UN rights chief Mary Robinson, as well as former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, were among the many international personalities that refused U.N. offers to head the mission. Continue reading ‘Why Mary Robinson rejected the mandate accepted by Judge Goldstone’

The U.N.’s Kangaroo Court

The U.N. Human Rights Council’s “fact-finding mission” on Gaza will next week hold hearings in Geneva, Judge Goldstone presiding. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz makes a powerful case that the one-sided mandate established by the Arab-controlled council turns the inquiry into a kangaroo court.

Meanwhile, the U.N. appears to be tightly controlling the witness list. With only 6 days left, no information has been published for how witnesses can register. UN Watch’s repeated queries to the mission secretariat on this have so far gone unanswered.

Report: Anti-Israel U.N. Investigator May Not be Jewish After All

The only reason that the UN Human Rights Council chose Richard Falk to be its permanent investigator of “Israel’s violations of the bases and principles of international law,” over other academics with similar views, was because Falk is Jewish. The Arab and Islamic states were beside themselves with glee at the added impact his reports would have. Continue reading ‘Report: Anti-Israel U.N. Investigator May Not be Jewish After All’

E.U., Canada and Japan oppose mandate of UN “fact-finding” mission

March 26, 2009 — The following countries protested the one-sided nature of the UN Human Rights Council’s latest “Fact Finding Mission” on Gaza, in plenary statements explaining their refusal to support draft resolution L. 37 (“Follow-up to Resolution S-9/1 on the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip”): Continue reading ‘E.U., Canada and Japan oppose mandate of UN “fact-finding” mission’




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