US House of Representatives Overwhelmingly Votes to Bury Goldstone Report
Yesterday, the vast majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution that “oppose[s] unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration” of the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s September 2009 report on the Gaza war, known as the Goldstone report, in what are referred to as “multilateral fora”–the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and related organizations. The final vote was 344 in favor, just 36 opposed, and 22 voting “present.”
The text of the resolution deems the Goldstone report to be “irredeemably biased” and hence “unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy.” It seems to have been in the spirit of combating “anti-Israel bias” that the resolution makes no mention of the 1400 Palestinians killed or the 5000 injured by the Israeli military during Operation Cast Lead, let alone the ongoing humanitarian disaster that in fact predated the assault on Gaza.
According to Richard Goldstone, the resolution’s text is filled with inaccuracies. He has written a letter responding to some of the resolution’s mis-characterizations of the UN report.
The overwhelming number of U.S. legislators who have voted to dismiss the findings of the Goldstone report recalls the unanimous support in the U.S. Senate granted to a resolution expressing support for Israel’s attack on Gaza in January of this year, to say nothing of the House version of the same resolution that passed 390 to 5.