The Challenge of the UN Gaza Report: Justice Richard Goldstone and former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold discuss the report at Brandeis forum

November 5, 2009

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The head of a controversial United Nations fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip and a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations discussed assertions that Israel and Palestinian fighters committed war crimes during three weeks of fighting in the Middle East last winter.

Justice Richard Goldstone, head of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, and chair of the Ethics Center's Advisory Board, and Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, exchanged views on the report’s findings. The report said there is evidence of war crimes on both sides and that the Israelis made disproportionate use of force.Challenge of the UN Gaza Report poster

Read the full Brandeis University press release and the Boston Globe article about the event. The website of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict includes links to the full report. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs published its “Initial Response to Report of the Fact Finding Mission on Gaza Established Pursuant to Resolution S-9/1 of the Human Rights Council” on September 24, 2009.

The Ethics Center's “Ethical Inquiry” article “Proportionality in the Context of Armed Conflict” includes some historical and legal context for the issue of proportionality and links to additional responses to the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict.

This event was hosted by the Ethics Center and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. For more information, please contact the Ethics Center at 781-736-8577 or by email at ethics@brandeis.edu or Charles Radin in the Office of Communications at 781-736-4210 or by email at radin@brandeis.edu.

Read additional coverage of the event and watch the video here.