The Goldstone Report:
Palestinian victims and human rights held hostage to politics
Impunity continues to prevail in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), a state of affairs clearly evident in the international response to Israel’s military offensive in the occupied Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 in which more than 1,400 Palestinians and 14 Israelis were killed. 83% of the Palestinian victims were Geneva-Convention protected civilians, most of them Palestinian refugees who had been forcibly displaced from their homes and properties to the Gaza Strip as a result of Israel's ethnic cleansing operation (the Nakba) of 1948 .
Two years on from Israel's military assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, domestic investigations have failed to meet international standards; those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity have not been prosecuted, and no reparations have been provided to the victims. This section will give an overview of the Goldstone Report, explaining how it was initiated, the processes through which it has passed, and how the findings of the report can be taken forward to ensure justice for the victims.
The Findings of the Goldstone Report |
* The “Roadmap
to Accountability” | *
What has happened to the Goldstone Report and what are
the next steps? | *
for Public Action |
* Joint NGO Statements and Documents, including BADIL | * Related UN documents and other Resources