Here is the definitive UN Human Rights Report by Justice John Dugard, Jan. 21, 2008
This has been a very difficult Report to read in its complete form, but I managed to track it down on Anti-Zionist Michael A. Hoffman II's Blog.
This Report is an absolute must read for those with sympathies on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The human rights situation in the West Bank has worsened, despite expectations that it would improve following the removal of Hamas from the
Government of the West Bank. Settlements expand, the construction of the wall continues, and checkpoints increase in number. Military incursions and
arrests have intensified, 779 Palestinian prisoners have been released but some 11,000 remain in Israeli jails.
Terrorism is a scourge, a serious violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. No attempt is made in the reports to minimize
the pain and suffering it causes to victims, their families and the broader community. Palestinians are guilty of terrorizing innocent Israeli
civilians by means of suicide bombs and Qassam rockets.
Likewise the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are guilty of terrorizing innocent Palestinian civilians by military incursions, targeted killings and sonic
booms that fail to distinguish between military targets and civilians. All these acts must be condemned and have been condemned.
Common sense, however, dictates that a distinction must be drawn between acts of mindless terror, such as acts committed by Al Qaeda, and acts
committed in the course of a war of national liberation against colonialism, apartheid or military occupation. While such acts cannot be justified,
they must be understood as being a painful but inevitable consequence of colonialism, apartheid or occupation.
This Report will do nothing to quell the cycle of violence in Palestine, as the Israeli State has spurned every other UN Report and will no doubt
claim that they are being victimised by the UN. "What about Darfur?", "What about Sierra Leone?"
Israel, it's time to stop deflecting scrutiny and time to take responsibility for the blood on your hands.