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The UN Gaza Report:A Substantive Critique (JCPA) JERUSALEM CENTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS) An Expanded Text of Ambassador Dore Gold’s Presentation During an Exchange with Justice Richard Goldstone at Brandeis University on 11/05/09)Source: http://www.jcpa.org/text/GoldGoldstone-5nov09.pdf JCPA-Jerusalem Center Public Affairs JCPA-Jerusalem Center Public Affairs Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
The UN Gaza Report is the most vicious indictment of the State of Israel bearing the seal of the United Nations since the UN General Assembly adopted its infamous “Zionism is Racism” resolution in 1975, which it subsequently repealed. A special session of the 47-member UN Human Rights Council called for establishing the Fact-Finding Mission that prepared the report through the adoption of Resolution S-9/1 on January 12, 2009. The special session was convened at the request of Cuba, Egypt, and Pakistan. Resolution S- 9/1 was notably passed with the support of Russia, China, Arab/Islamic and third world countries, but not with that of a single Western democracy like Canada and the member states of the European Union.

The UN Human Rights Council has a history of clear anti-Israel bias. Indeed, of the eleven special sessions it has convened since being established in 2006, five have dealt with Israel. Back in November 2006, former UN Security- General Kofi Annan strongly criticized how the new UN Human Rights Council functioned right after its creation, noting its anti-Israel emphasis: “Since the beginning of their work, they have focused almost entirely on Israel, and there are other crisis situations, like Sudan, where they have not been able to say a word.”1 It was the president of the Human Rights Council who established the UN Fact- Finding Mission in April 2009 to investigate Israeli military operations in Gaza between December 27, 2008, and January 18, 2009. He subsequently appointed Justice Richard Goldstone to head the mission. Its report was published in September.

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