BREAKING NEWS: UN Human Rights Chief Endorses 'GOLDSTONE' Recommendations

BREAKING NEWS:
UN Human Rights Chief Endorses 'GOLDSTONE' Recommendations

October 15, 2009

"Let me ... reiterate my support for the recommendations of the Fact Finding Mission, including its call for urgent action to counter impunity."
-UNHRC Chief Pillay with Judge Goldstone

Geneva - UN Human Rights Council

  • Today, at its two-day Special Session on the ‘Goldstone Report', UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay strongly endorsed a 5-page resolution supporting the anti-Israel recommendations.

  • The United Kingdom became the first Western country with voting rights on the UN Human Rights Council to state unequivocally in a strong speech that it would not endorse the ‘Goldstone Report’ or the related draft resolution.
 

New York - UN Security Council

Mark Weitzman, SWC Chief UN Representative, delivered live updates via Twitter from the gallery of the UN Security Council in New Yorkwhere he reported that the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister said, "The [Goldstone] Report is another damning indictment of Israel ... Israel must be stopped from perpetrating crimes."

 

 
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) with SWC Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper at Congressional Hearings.

Washington DC - US Congress

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking minority member, voiced her strong opposition to the [Goldstone] Report on the floor of Congress where, as part of her remarks, she stated, “And as the leadership of the Simon Wiesenthal Center stated in a recent letter to Ambassador Susan Rice, consideration of this report 'is a prescription for disaster, not only for Israel, but for the United States and every country that fights violent extremism.'”



Worldwide:

It’s not too late to join the over 10,000 activists who have signed the petition urging the U.S. to publicly veto any United Nations action – your activism is making a difference.






In the News: 

Huffington Post: “Here we go again as the United Nation pursues its unique "verdict first--trial afterwards, treatment of the State of Israel."
read full SWC Blog 

Jerusalem Post: The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Goldstone on Wednesday to dissociate himself from the report based on his admission in an interview with the American Jewish paper The Forward that that it was not a full investigation and "if this was a court of law, nothing would be proven."
read full article

Ynet: World according to Goldstone: UN report could bury every democracy confronted by terror...
read SWC op-ed 

 
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