Gaza to begin independent investigation into Goldstone allegations 15Oct09 October 16, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  15 October 2009


“Although we do not agree with certain aspects of his report we intend to act on his recommendation and to carry out our own investigation into any alleged crimes committed by members of the resistant movements in Gaza,” a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.

The de facto government in Gaza said it welcomed the news that the “UN Human Rights Council will reopen the debate on the Goldstone report in a special session to be held this week,” and reiterated their stance of respect for the “fact that Judge Goldstone undertook his mission without bias and in a genuine attempt to establish the facts of what happened in Gaza during the recent war.”

While major media outlets around the globe reported Hamas was against the report and refused to comply with its call for investigations into war crimes committed by both Hamas and Israel, the party has in fact maintained a moderate stance on the report.

The United States called the report “deeply” one sided, and said its allegations should be investigated further before action is taken. An Israeli member of the Knesset ripped up the 575-page document on the floor of the parliamentary building, and the country’s representative to the UN called it a “Report which has fallen straight into the strategic trap guided by terror organizations across the world.”

Indicating that the Gaza foreign ministry was ready to start investigations on the allegations without delay, the statement said “We will report our findings to Judge Goldstone in due course.”

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