EJC To EU States: Reject Goldstone Report

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The European Jewish Congress called on European Union nations to reject the Goldstone Commission report.

The countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy and France, will have an opportunity to reject the report when it reaches the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The report, released Tuesday, accused Israel of committing war crimes, and possible crimes against humanity, during its Gaza military offensive last winter.

“From its original mandate this commission has shown itself to be nothing more than an exercise in demonization of one nation, namely Israel,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, in a news release.

“We call on the European Union, particularly those nations represented on the U.N. Human Rights Council, to unequivocally reject the report just as they rejected the original resolution and mandate.”

The EJC commended the nations that did not support the council’s original resolution creating the commission headed by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, who is Jewish.

“Good, decent and civilized nations must stand up to the bullying tactics of the initiators of the commission, like Cuba, Syria and Somalia,” Kantor said. “If Europe and like-minded nations do not reject the report when it arrives for discussion at the U.N. Human Rights Council, then it will hammer the final nail in the coffin in an organization whose lofty mission has never been met, and this can only be bad for those truly in need of a human-rights monitoring body.”

The report also said that Hamas had committed crimes against humanity by firing rockets into Israel.