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ADL Commission Passes Resolution on the Goldstone Report

Unanimously adopted at ADL's Annual Meeting, October 31, 2009 in New York City.

Posted: October 31, 2009


WHEREAS, following Israel's defensive military operation in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008-January 17) many in the international community were quick to criticize Israel's actions and to accuse Israel of alleged violations of international law. 

WHEREAS, on September 15, 2009, a fact finding mission, mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council to "investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying Power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip…"  , released its report, commonly known as the Goldstone Report. 

WHEREAS, the Goldstone Report, is a fundamentally biased report, based on the presumption of Israeli guilt, and ascribes to Israel malicious motives and intent in its actions in Gaza.  It ignores or dismisses Israel's ongoing investigations into incidents in Gaza, as well as its independent judiciary which is well experienced with dealing with issues related to international law and the military.   The report's ultimate recommendation, that the principle of universal jurisdiction be applied to charge Israelis with war crimes because, it alleges,  Israel has not and will not investigate the Gaza Operation, is a grave affront to Israeli sovereignty and democracy, including its independent and activist judiciary. 

WHEREAS, the Goldstone Report and other international criticism of Israeli actions, make no mention of Israel's security concerns, or the right of sovereign nations to self-defense, and judge Israel's actions in hindsight, without true consideration of the conditions on the ground.  These critics ignore the extraordinary precautions undertaken by the Israel Defense Forces to protect civilians.  Nor do they provide any possible scenario within the framework of international law whereby a democratic state, such as Israel, would be able to take action against a terrorist entity. 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Anti-Defamation League reaffirms its support for the State of Israel's right to defend its population, such as was the case in Operation Cast Lead, and notes that Israel's vibrant democratic system provides ample channels to examine, investigate, challenge and prosecute any incident or event determined by it to have violated international or Israeli law.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ADL calls on the United States and the international community to act to prevent the far-reaching damage which could result from the recommendations of the Goldstone Report which undermine the global struggle against international terror and Israel's ability to defend itself against the terror of Hamas and Hezbollah.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ADL calls on the United States and the international community to reject the findings of the Goldstone Report and to prevent its consideration in the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly or the International Criminal Court.

Adopted by the National Commission
New York, NY
October 31, 2009

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