BREAKING NEWS: UN endorses Goldstone report

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a UN-sponsored report which says Israel committed war crimes during last winter’s military assault on the Gaza Strip.

The Goldstone report, which accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes, has already been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, which sponsored the fact-finding commission.

The General Assembly on Thursday voted by a margin of 114 to 18 to adopt the report after debating it for two days.

Forty-four member-nations abstained from voting.

The report calls on both Israel and the Palestinians to investigate accusations of human-rights violations during the 22-day conflict in December and January.

The debate at the General Assembly, which began on Wednesday, was called for by the Arab UN group, with the backing of the 118-member Non-Aligned Movement (Nam).

Offensive conduct

Most of criticism in the report, compiled by a fact-finding panel led by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, was directed towards Israel’s conduct during the offensive, in which human rights organisations say about 1,400 Palestinians – many of them women and children – were killed.Thirteen Israelis, including three civilians, were killed over the course of the war.


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