Saturday 18 November 2017

Israel not exonerated by Goldstone report

Colin Nevin (Letters, August 10) writes: "The Israeli government was lambasted internationally for every move it made in self-defence in Gaza, which was later exonerated by the findings of the Goldstone Report."

This is not correct: the fact-finding mission headed by Justice Goldstone found prima facie evidence that Israel committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its 22-day military assault on Gaza which began on December 27, 2008.

These included deliberate targeting of civilians, deliberate destruction of civilian buildings and infrastructure, attacks on UN facilities, medical facilities and personnel and the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields.

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