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October 3, 2022

Author of Israel-Hamas report would reconsider findings

United Nations – The chairman of a U.N. mission whose report accused Israel of “actions amounting to war crimes” during its fight against Hamas says he would have reached different conclusions if the Israeli military had been more forthcoming and if he had known the results of subsequent investigations, CNN informs. “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,” wrote Richard Goldstone, a former South African jurist, in a Washington Post op-ed column Friday. Israel, which has long been critical of the conclusions presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on its war against Hamas forces in Gaza in 2008-09, on Saturday called for the body to cancel the findings. “Everything we said has proven to be true,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Israel did not intentionally harm civilians, its institutions and investigative bodies are worthy, while the Hamas intentionally fired upon innocent civilians and did not examine anything. The fact that Goldstone backtracked must lead to the shelving of this report once and for all.”

There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.

Goldstone’s report, issued in September 2009, said both Israel and Hamas likely committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the conflict between December 27, 2008, and January 18, 2009.
Israeli investigations found cases involving individual soldiers, but the intentional targeting of civilians by Israel was not a “matter of policy,” Goldstone now writes.

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