"Gaza cannot sleep...the cries of hungry children, the sullen faces of
broken men and women who are just sitting in their hungry emptiness with
light, no hope, no love.
"These actions are War Crimes!"
Garth Hewitt - From The Broken Heart Of Gaza (Father Musallam's Letter)
On April 3, 2009 the President of the United Nations Human Rights
commissioned a fact-finding mission "to investigate all violations of
international human rights law and international humanitarian law that
have been committed at any time in the context of the military
were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 and 18
2009, whether before, during or after."
The Council appointed the Jewish Justice Richard Goldstone, a South African Constitutional Court judge and the former chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
Justice Goldstone issued the 575-page report on September 29, 2009 and the Goldstone Report accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes perpetuated during the 22 days of assault on Gaza which began two days after last Christmas day, when the Israeli military launched Operation Cast Lead; a full-scale attack on Gaza that killed 13 Israelis and 1,400 Palestinians.
Over 5,000 Palestinians were injured, 400,000 were left without running water, 4,000 homes were destroyed, rendering tens of thousands who are still homeless because of Israel's targeted attacks upon them, their schools, hospitals, streets, water wells, sewage system, farms, police stations and UN buildings.