Skip to comments.U.N. probe of Israel 'used false witnesses'
Posted on 10/31/2009 7:21:59 AM PDT by kindred
Judge Richard Goldstone.A U.N. investigator who accused Israel of war crimes was misled by false witnesses and Palestinian misinformation, charged the chief medical officer of an Israeli army brigade that was previously falsely accused of committing a massacre. "You have let yourself be misled by fabrications made by either terrorists or even doctors. ... Did you by any chance try to validate any of these invented and inciting details? Well you didn't!" wrote David Zangen, an Israeli reservist officer and physician. Zangen, in an open letter published in Israel's Maariv newspaper, was addressing South African Judge Richard Goldstone, who penned a U.N. report that claimed both Hamas and Israel were guilty of war crimes during the Jewish state's defensive war in Gaza last December and January. Goldstone's report claimed Israel deliberately targeted civilians during the Gaza conflict, which started after Hamas refused to extend a cease-fire. The terrorist group instead launched a rocket offensive against Israeli population centers. The U.N. report equated Israel, which worked to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, to Hamas, which utilized civilians as human shields and fired rockets at Jewish cities from Palestinian hospitals and apartment buildings. During the Gaza war, Israel sent hundreds of thousands of text messages and placed tens of thousands of calls warning local Palestinians of incoming attacks against Hamas' military infrastructure in Gaza. Zangen's letter questioned specific details of Goldstone's report that, Zangen alleged, relied heavily on faulty witnesses without corroborating their testimony. (Story continues below) As an example, Zangen cited a section of Goldstone's report that stated Israel killed 24 Palestinians and wounded 40 others during a battle the U.N. claimed struck a school run by the international body located in the Jabaliya refugee camp. The Israel Defense Forces, however, said it only fired on targets next to the school
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