Palestinian Human Rights Activists Urge Gaza Probe

Eleven Palestinian human rights groups have urged Hamas to conduct a probe into any violations by their forces of human rights during the Israel invasion of Gaza. The Goldstone report noted that while Israel committed violations of human rights so did Hamas forces. President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh were urged to have Palestinians investigate their own misbehavior not as a means of justifying Israel violations of international law, but to set an example of how a group of people can self reflect and make amends for behavior. These groups noted, “whereas the bulk of the (Goldstone) report addressed violations by Israel, the occupying power, it also considered violations by Palestinian armed groups and the Palestinian authorities in gaza and the West Bank.”

If Palestinians can come to grips with their mistakes, and Israel refuses to address its violations of international law, the result is a message to the world of how Palestinians stand on a higher moral ground than the Netanyahu government. The world will respect honesty and, unfortunately, at this point in time, Israel is unable to fulfill historic Jewish beliefs in human rights support.

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