The Goldstone Report: believe it if you like

The recently-published Goldstone report concerns Israel's Operation Cast Lead which the IDF mounted against Hamas in Gaza: it carries totally-predicable findings – and you can guess who are the bad guys. However one British army officer challenged the prejudice. And the room fell silent.

Gaza conflictThe United Nations fact-finding mission examining Israel's Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza has been published.
Headed by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, the mission's 575-page report found that "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity."

However, the organisation UN Watch reports concerning some of the evidence given to the enquiry:

We invited as our speaker a man who repeatedly put his life on the line to defend the democratic world from the murderous Saddam Hussein, Al Qaeda, and the Taleban.

The moment he began his first sentence, the room fell silent. Judge Goldstone, author of the distorted report that prompted today's one-sided condemnation of Israel but not Hamas, had refused to hear Col. Kemp's testimony during his "fact-finding" hearings.
[Emphasis added] But UN Watch made sure today that this hero's voice would be heard – at the U.N., and around the world

Have a look at the following two videos and judge whether or not what you read and see in the British media and in UN reports chime with it all. If you don't have time to watch both, at least listen to the British Army Officer's report to the UN committee.

Colonel Richard Kemp speaking to the UN 'Fact Finding' Mission on Gaza

“...supporters of Israel feel that it is harshly judged by standards that are not applied to its enemies, and too often this is true, particularly in some UN bodies.”   Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the opening of the 61st General Assembly on September 20, 2006.


The transcript of what Colonel Richard Kemp said to the UN Human Rights Council's 12th Special Session on 16 October 2009 is as follows:

Thank you, Mr. President.

I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.

Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare. [Emphasis added]

Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.

Hamas, like Hizballah, are expert at driving the media agenda. Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents.

The IDF faces a challenge that we British do not have to face to the same extent. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights.

The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy's hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks.

Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes.

More than anything, the civilian casualties were a consequence of Hamas’ way of fighting. Hamas deliberately tried to sacrifice their own civilians.

Mr. President, Israel had no choice apart from defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets.

And I say this again: the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Thank you, Mr. President.

See also: Lies, d...n lies, and media headlines and -
DO BELIVE some of what you DON'T READ in the newspapers.

Meanwhile  God's word on the situation:
On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Zech 12:3

Christians Together, 23/10/2009

Leo Rose (Guest) 25/10/2009 15:07
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's United Nations speech says it all. You can watch the entire video here at these links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
Paul Baird (Guest) 02/11/2009 12:41
I was astonished to find claptrap like this on a website calling itself Christian. I suggest you do some proper research, and discover what the awful reality is for so many Palestinian people in the land called holy.
Bill Mackay (Guest) 02/11/2009 13:32
I suggest Mr. Baird you do some proper research and find out how the Palestinians are being used as pawns by those like Hamas who are essentially hiding amongst civilians whilst conducting a holy war against the Jewish population. How do you explain that Arabs are allowed to live in Israel, but Jews are not permitted to live in Arab lands. In fact the Palestinians were told by fellow-Arabs (in 1948) to leave Israel (until the Arab armies had wiped out the Jews). As history shows it didn't go the way the hostile Arab nations planned it.
It is the supreme responsibility for any nation to defend its people; and that's what the Isreali government is doing.
And of course anyone who has done any serious research will be aware that the violence within Gaza (civil war) was the result of Israel withdrawing completely.
If Israel were not involved in the region Hamas and Fatah would be slaughtering each other (in the midst of civilian populations).
Paul Baird (Guest) 02/11/2009 14:59
Arabs live in Israel as - at best - second class citizens. Jews have lived in Arab lands for many years, peacefully in many cases. Your attempt to justify the slaughter in Gaza I find repulsive. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt : you just don't know what you are talking about.
Paul Whitworth (Guest) 02/11/2009 16:33
I have Arab friends in Israel and they DO NOT live as second class citizens Mr Baird, though Israeli's do suffer from paranoia and excessive security you can hardly blame them.
a h 03/11/2009 00:55
I agree. I have heard about Arab's who love living in Israel and do well and are as free as any citizen.

There is a difference between an Arab, and an Arab with a bomb strapped to his waist!
a h 03/11/2009 01:14
Paul Baird, check this out if you have 5 minutes.
Leo Rose (Guest) 10/11/2009 21:10
Sadly, many of Arab groups calling themselves Palestinians want to possess all of the land of Israel and attempt to do this through at least two claims:

#1 – As the supposed descendents of the Philistines.
In 132 AD, the Jews revolted against Rome. As a result, Hadrian the Roman Emperor at the time, after squashing the revolt, to add insult to injury to the Jews, renamed the area as the Provincia Syria Palestinia. The name Palestine originated from the Greek name for the Hebrew biblical word for Philistines. The Philistines are not Arab (Shemetic peoples) but were descendents from Mizriam which make them descendents of Ham the son of Noah. Arabs are descendents of Shem, not Ham and are not blood relatives of the Philistines and have no claim to the land of Israel through the Philistines as some believe.

#2 – As decedents of Shem/Abraham.
Arabs are descendents of both Joktan who settled in Saudi Arabia and Ishmael through Abraham and Haggar the Egyptian handmaiden. They are not sons of promise through Isaac (the son of promise). In other words, Arabs are the result of “disobedience/the flesh” not the work of the Spirit. As such, Arabs have no part with Israel. They have no claim to the land as such through their Shemetic line.

According to the scriptures, the Lord Himself deeded the land to the nation Israel as permanent tenants through His Word to them beginning in Genesis 12:1 and restated throughout the scriptures too many times to list. The boundaries of the land of Israel are clearly described in Genesis 15:18 and Numbers 34:1-12. By these two descriptions alone, the Lord intended the land of Israel to include everything within the following boundaries:

Northern boundary – well into Syria.
Southern Boundary – well into Saudi Arabia
Western Boundary - Mediterranean coast (including Gaza strip) and from the Nile River in Egypt
Eastern boundary – to the Euphrates River (Iraq)


Granted as bible believers and followers of Jesus we must reach out to both Jews and Arabs with compassion and love. There are a lot of innocent men, women, and children suffering on both sides of this conflict.


This said, Israel seems to be willing to work for peace, but they are seeking lasting peace, not a 2-5 year cease fire agreement. Even though Israel has given up land many times in the past in exchange for peace, it has never resulted in lasting peace. Under the current leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this continues to be the goal of Israel's negotiations for peace. Israel is willing to work towards a 2-state agreement as long as lasting peace can truly be achieved.


I find it distrubing that the recent charges brought before the UN by the Arab League over the recent Gaza conflict don't mention the 12,000 missiles launched by Hamas into Israel's civilian cities for the last 3-years. There has been no criticism by the UN of Hamas and it's violations of UN resolutions and human rights.
UN Watcher (Guest) 17/12/2009 20:12
Anne Byefsky ( an internationally-recognised human rights lawyer has had her UN badge stripped from her for daring to criticise the Goldstone report.
UN Watcher (Guest) 22/09/2011 15:54
At the 11th hour the organisation UN Watch has been refused access to the Durban III conference. The following is a letter from UN Watch to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Ms. Navanethem Pillay
UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
September 15, 2011

Dear Madam High Commissioner,

We write to strongly protest the UN’s unprecedented decision to exclude UN Watch, an ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organization, from next Thursday’s high-level meeting to commemorate the Durban Declaration. The rejection of our application was carried out without any notice or semblance of due process, and is an act of discrimination. We appeal to you, as the leading figure of the UN’s anti-racism effort, to speak out against this deplorable decision and to demand that it be immediately reversed.

As you know, on July 7th your office wrote to UN Watch and invited us to apply to participate at the Durban commemoration, saying that non-governmental organizations are essential in combating racism. We immediately applied, providing detailed documentation on our extensive activities, at the UN and elsewhere, to combat racism and discrimination. We attended the first two Durban conferences in 2001 and 2009.

Suddenly, from a posting on a UN website—only one week prior to the event—we now learn that UN Watch is one of four groups to be rejected from next week’s meeting. We were given no notice, no reasons, and no chance to contest the decision. This flouts the basic principles—which you have so articulately advocated on the world stage—of accountability, transparency, and due process. As the only watchdog group mandated to monitor the UN according to the principles of its charter, our voice is essential. We urge you to speak out against this injustice, which undermines the UN’s credibility in combating discrimination.


Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch

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