Blindly siding with aggression

Kudos to Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin and his 35 colleagues who voted against House Resolution 867, a resolution that condemns the Goldstone report on Gaza and again blindly takes the side of Israeli aggression.

The UN report that was published by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone, a supporter of Israel, found that both Israel and Hamas committed war crimes during the Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last winter. According to the Goldstone report, Israel deliberately attacked civilian targets and did not take sufficient action to minimize civilian loss of life. For example, the report found that Israel even refused to allow the evacuation of the injured by ambulance. This report is the last in a series of reports by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch that also found Israel committed massive human rights violations and possible war crimes.

The present attitude that Israel can do nothing wrong is very destructive to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, there will always be hope when the likes of Doggett take the side of justice, even when it’s not politically convenient to do so.

— Hooman Hedayati

This firing line was first published by the Daily Texan on November 12, 2009

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