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Israel- But What About You?

Amira Hass, writing in Haaretz, notes there is a tendency on the part of Israeli leaders to admit to minor mistakes, but immediately deny their troops did anything wrong, and, if they did, what about your mistakes! A soldier contacted Haaretz to deny a story from a Palestinian woman that IDf forces killed her husband and child, and added, the only mistake made by the IDA was to scrawl “stupid things on the wall, and that’s really not right.” If there are photo of civilians being killed in Gaza, the response is the photographs were doctored, if Judge Richard Goldstone was competent to work for the International Criminal Court on major cases in Yugoslavia or Rwanda, the truth is he is nothing but an anti-semite.

As Hass notes, “we Israelis continue thinking it’s the world that is wrong, and only we who are right.” Yes, that is the problem. The wise policy is to not just to admit mistakes, but to take immediate action to punish those who violated the rules of war –even before any UN investigation began.

The world frequently treats Israel in an unfair manner. But, that does not translate into Israel always being right.

UN Security Council Orders Investigation Of Gaza Crimes

Richard Goldstone, a Jewish judge from South Africa, has been appointed by the Security Council to conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Israel forces during their invasion of Gaza. Goldstone was a former prosecutor of war crimes in Rwanda and Yugoslavia and is respected as an honest man who seeks the truth. Israel has rejected prior demands from the Security Council for investigations about its actions. An Israel spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Yiga Palmor, claimed the “committee is instructed not to to seek out the truth but to signal out Israel for alleged crimes.”

The investigation should be broadly concerned with any evidence of war crimes committed by any group during the Gaza invasion. If Israel soldiers committed war crimes there must be punished just as Hamas forces should be identified if they committed war crimes.

It would help if the Security Council would also institute investigations of war crimes in areas such as Uganda or Congo.