The Goldstone Report: The UN Blood Libel

The Goldstone Report and its Legacy for More Hate

March 25, 2010 - The UN Human Rights Council held its 13th Regular Session and adopted a resolution on the follow-up to the Goldstone Report.

February 26, 2010 - The UN General Assembly held a session on the Goldstone Report and adopted another resolution on the report.

  • Click here for a copy of the UN General Assembly resolution "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (II)" that gives another lease on life to the Goldstone report, and suggests that detailed Israeli investigations of alleged wrongdoing were unsatisfactory while the total lack of any Palestinian investigation was excusable.
  • Click here for a copy of the report of the Secretary-General "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict".
  • The draft resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 98 in favor to 7 against, with 31 abstentions.
    • In favor: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
    • Against: Canada, Israel, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United States.
    • Abstain: Albania, Australia, Belarus [Belarus later stated its vote had been in error and was meant to be in favor], Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Ukraine.
    • Absent: Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Myanmar, Namibia, Palau, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Suriname, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia.
  • Statements made during the session:
  • Explanation of vote (EOV) made after the adoption of the resolution:
  • Statement made after the vote:
  • Statements made at the media stakeout after the vote:
    • Click here and scroll down to webcast archive from 26 February 2010, "Informal comments to the Media by the Permanent Observer of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Riyad Mansour..."

November 4 & 5, 2009 - The UN General Assembly held a session on the Goldstone Report and adopted a resolution on the report.

  • Click here for a copy of the UN General Assembly resolution "Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict" that endorses the Goldstone Report.
  • The draft resolution endorsing the Goldstone report was adopted by a recorded vote of 114 in favor to 18 against, with 44 abstentions.
    • In favor: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
    • Against: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United States.
    • Abstain: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, San Marino, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay.
    • Absent: Bhutan, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Togo, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
  • Statements made during the session:
  • Explanation of vote (EOV) made before the adoption of the resolution:
  • Explanation of vote (EOV) made after the adoption of the resolution:
  • Additional statements made after the adoption of the resolution:
  • dd - Click here to see the video of the UN censoring critics of the Goldstone Report and resolution.

October 15 &16, 2009-The UN Human Rights Council held its 12th Special Session on the "Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and East Jerusalem" and adopted a resolution on the Goldstone Report.

October 14, 2009 - The UN Security Council held a session on "The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question" a week earlier than scheduled at the behest of the Libyan member of the Council. This regular agenda item was used to get the Goldstone Report before the Security Council.

  • dd - Click here to see the Goldstone UN blood libel at the UN Security Council in action.

October 2, 2009 - A resolution in support of Goldstone's Report originally introduced at the Human Rights Council's 12th Regular Session was deferred by Pakistan (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference).

September 29, 2009 - Goldstone presented his report in person at the 12th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 15, 2009 - In a grab for maximum media attention, Richard Goldstone released his report during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York City (despite the fact that it was commissioned by the Human Rights Council in Geneva which was in session and due to take up the report two weeks later).