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|Selon l’organisation humanitaire israélienne B’tselem, le rapport Goldstone est erroné, H. R. Gur|
Texte anglais original : "B’tselem: Goldstone report is wrong"
The UN Human Rights Council and the Goldstone Report are either biased or mistaken in some of their fundamental accusations against
She said the council was wrong in its gravest accusations against
But, she added,
"There’s no question that the HRC, which mandated the Goldstone [fact-finding mission into the
She added that the council was "a political body made up of diplomats, not human rights experts, which means that the powerful states are never going to come under scrutiny the way the powerless will. So
The report, she said, bears "the message of the new international legal system: Justice has to be done at home, or else.
"Before 2000, you had a Military Police investigation every time a Palestinian was killed," Montell related. "You could argue that the Palestinian’s word may not have carried the same weight as the soldier’s, but the fact that there was an investigation placed limits on [behavior] at roadblocks, etc."
With the outbreak of the second intifada, however, IDF and government lawyers "said the situation is now an armed conflict, and you don’t have to open [so many] criminal investigations in an armed conflict. They’ll [still] open an investigation on theft complaints or beatings at a checkpoint - things that have no operational connection. But when it comes to gunfire, there are no automatic investigations."
This is a mistake, Montell believes, since "the laws of war are laws. We are asking the IDF to investigate Cast Lead according to the laws of war."
However, even while she acknowledged that international law "is uneven, not applied uniformly, and of course allows all the biases of the [international] system to come into play," Montell urged Israelis not to vilify Judge Richard Goldstone himself, or his intentions.
"Goldstone is not the HRC. It’s absurd to talk about a lifelong Zionist and Jew and supporter of
Rather, Israelis should focus on Goldstone’s call for "justice to be done at home.
The Goldstone Report may yet yield good results, she believes.
"It has revived a crucial Israeli conversation about the need investigate ourselves so that we actually know what went on and how our troops conducted themselves," she said.
Montell’s call for an Israeli investigation is aimed at an Israeli audience, but reflects deep unease both in
Even the international magazine The Economist, which has stridently criticized Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza in the past, said the report’s conclusions were unfairly critical of Israel.
"The report takes the very thing it is investigating as its central organizing premise," the magazine opined just days after the mid-September publication of the report.
"Israeli policy in
Meanwhile, political commentators such as Tom Gross have blasted the Human Rights Council itself in the wake of the Goldstone Report, saying the council shows little concern for human rights "unless they can blame them on
"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the least bloody of the dozens of conflicts ongoing around the world. More Palestinian civilians have been killed by Fatah, Hamas, and the Lebanese army in recent years than by
"Not that the UN Human Rights Council cares about casualties unless they can blame them on
Haviv Rettig Gur
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