Friday, 16 October 2009

Complete Disgrace: UNHRC Endorses Goldstone Report

Revolting.

The vote was 25 for, 6 against and 16 abstained.

Iran (you know the country that publicly shoots or hangs political protestors) is now foaming at the mouth and recommending that Israeli leaders face War Crimes Trials.

Which countries voted in favour of the biased, anti-Israel Goldstone Report? I bet you can guess, but just in case (SMW added bold - that fact that these countries even have a seat on the UNHRC are indicative of the sham that it is):
Argentina
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
China
Cuba

Djbouti
Egypt
Ghana
India
Indonesia
Jordan
Mauritius
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Russia
Saudi Araba
Senegal
South Africa
Zambia

The countries who voted against the Goldstone Report (pats on the back all around):
United States
Netherlands
Hungary
Italy
Slovakia
Ukraine

Countries who abstained:
Beglium, Bosnia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Korea, Slovenia, Uruguay

Countries who declined to vote (two on this list should raise your ire):
Britain
France
Madagascar
Kyrgyzstan
Angola

From The JPost:
Prior to the vote, Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, addressed the UN session, and said that based on his knowledge and experience, during Operation Cast Lead the IDF "did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare."
Speaking on behalf of UN Watch, an independent Geneva human rights group, Kemp added that "Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population."
He said that Hamas, like Hizballah, was expert at driving the media agenda.
"Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes," he said. "They are adept at staging and distorting incidents."
"It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights," continued Kemp. "The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties."


When you have an anti-Semitic majority running the UNHRC (and no, criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic) this vote is not surprising - but it is still disheartening. Please drop by UNWatch's website (www.unwatch.org) and show your support as they fight against the Goldstone Report.