Tuesday, November 10, 2009


On Tuesday the US House of Representatives approved by a majority of 344 to 36 a motion calling on the President and the Secretary of State to “oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the “Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict” [the Goldstone Report] in multilateral fora”.

On Thursday the UK government failed to join the 18 States who opposed the Goldstone Report in the UN General Assembly (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).

The ZF applauds these 18 States but deplores the action of the UK government in failing to oppose the Goldstone Report and believes David Miliband is being duplicitous after his statement that the government believed that the Goldstone Report should not be endorsed.

The ZF calls on its members to write to their MPs to protest at this unprincipled action by the UK government.