(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
Stand on the Goldstone
Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the
following statement on November 6, 2009.
is shocking that the Indian delegation has expressed its reservations
endorsing the findings and recommendations of the Goldstone report at a
session of the UN General Assembly. B K Hariprasad, member of
speaking on behalf of the Indian delegation has reportedly said, "We
reservations in making unqualified endorsement of the various
as well as some of the procedures adopted by the Goldstone report,
the involvement of the International Criminal Court and that of the
facts are that Judge Richard Goldstone --- a jurist of impeccable international judicial credentials, and a
Jewish South African --- held both Israel
and the Hamas guilty of violations of humanitarian international law in
three-week war in Gaza
in his meticulous and detailed report submitted to the UN. While the
cooperated fully with Judge Goldstone, and also agreed to hold enquiry
instances provided in the report, Israel
refused to cooperate with this UN enquiry and also has categorically
conduct any enquiry on the detailed list of war crimes in the Goldstone
that the Israeli forces committed in the Gaza
war. It must be borne in mind that Judge Goldstone did not investigate
was legal or not but only whether Israeli forces violated international
its conduct of the war.
Israel and the US have been trying to bury
report by first opposing it in the UN Human Rights Council, where the
overwhelming opinion went against them and now in the General Assembly.
aim is not to allow the report to be referred to the International
Court or be taken up in the Security Council. The attempt is to pass a
resolution in the General Assembly, which will allow Israel
to get away from any future
action on its blatant violation of humanitarian law in the conduct of
Indian action in questioning the "recommendations" and raising doubts
about "procedures" followed by Judge Goldstone is nothing but
colluding with the US and Israel's other allies in getting them off the
of war crimes that Judge Goldstone has shown Israel has committed.
government of India
should stand up for Palestinian rights and reverse the shameful stand
taken in the UN.