Update (April 2, 2011): In an opinion article published in The Washington Post, Richard Goldstone retracted the central findings of the Goldstone Commission Report. More>>
New York, NY, November 4, 2009 …The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the moral stance taken by the U.S. House of Representatives in passing Resolution 867, which calls on the President and the Secretary of State "to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the 'Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict' in multilateral fora."
The resolution, which passed yesterday by a vote of 344-36, refers to the so-called "Goldstone Report," named for the head of the investigative mission, Justice Richard Goldstone, which was commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council in response to Israel's operation in Gaza in January 2009. The mission was mandated by the council to investigate "Israeli violations" during the war.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
The U.S. House of Representatives took the moral high ground in rejecting the biased conclusions and undue recommendations of the Goldstone Report. If the Goldstone Report's conclusions and recommendations are pursued, it could undermine all states engaged in asymmetrical warfare against terrorist groups operating from within urban areas who use human shields.
The overwrought recommendations and flawed methodology and findings of the Goldstone Report disqualify it as a legitimate basis for action to address human rights violations. By approving a resolution which appropriately labels the report as fundamentally biased, Congress has created a model for action and response for all principled nations. Rejecting the prejudiced Goldstone report sets an example and a standard for other countries to follow. We urge other legislatures around the world to echo the sentiments expressed by the House vote.
ADL expressed appreciation to Reps. Howard Berman, D-CA, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL, for their leadership on this important issue.