U.N. General Assembly to debate Goldstone

(JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly will discuss the Goldstone report next week.

The international body announced late Wednesday night that it will meet in New York Nov. 4 to consider the report, which was approved earlier this month in Geneva by the U.N. Human Rights Council. 

The report accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during last winter’s Gaza war, and it called on the U.N. Security Council to order both sides to independently investigate the findings. The Security Council could send the Goldstone evidence to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for prosecution.

Also Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to support the reconstruction of Gaza.

“Ten months after hostilities ended in Gaza, we see no progress on reconstruction or the reopening of borders,” Ban said at a news conference. “I urge Israel to accept the U.N. reconstruction proposals as set forth, recognizing that the only true guarantee of peace is people’s well-being and security."
 

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