Since Justice Richard Goldstone wrote his article, “Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes” in The Washington Post, many have been calling for the UN to change its stance on Israel and to denounce the report. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has drawn up a petition and asks for individuals and organizations to take part in this petition.
September, 2009: Israel's objective…was "to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population...” – The Goldstone Report
Oct/Nov, 2009: United Nations Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly promote accusations that Israel is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity by deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza.
April 2011: “…civilians were not intentionally harmed… If I had known then what I know now, The Goldstone Report would have been a different document.” – Judge Richard Goldstone
Judge Richard Goldstone has now retracted the most damaging points of The Goldstone Report. Written for the United Nations Human Rights Council, it charged that Israel intentionally killed Palestinian civilians, implying the Jewish State was guilty of 'crimes against humanity.' The Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to immediately take action.
Just as Secretary-General Ban commended Goldstone for his leadership and independence when he authored the Report, today, we urge the UN Chief to:
1. Make a public statement endorsing Goldstone’s retraction of the Report
2. Call on UN Human Rights Council Chief Navi Pillay and UNHRC members to block any further action based on the erroneous charges in what is now seen by the author as a fundamentally flawed document
3. To inform members of the UN General Assembly of Judge Goldstone’s retraction of the libel that Israel targeted Gaza's civilians during the 2009 war with Hamas, The Goldstone Report generated a tidal wave of anti-Israel sentiment and fueled anti-Israel campaigns from the European Union to Church groups to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) efforts on campuses worldwide.
The big lie that the Israeli military acted like Nazis has now been retracted. The UN spread that libel and only the UN can retract it.
Read more about Justice Richard Goldstone's retraction and the reaction at the following links: