Calls are mounting, both inside Israel and from the international community, for a credible, independent investigation into Israel’s conduct in Operation Cast Lead. But a new resolution in Congress calls on President Obama to do everything he can to bury the Goldstone Report, while giving no support to the Obama Administration’s repeated call for a domestic investigation by Israel. Click here to tell your Representative to vote “No” on H. Res. 867.
From day one, B’Tselem and the broader human rights community have been calling for a comprehensive domestic inquiry into Israeli behavior in Operation Cast Lead. Israelis across the political spectrum are now supporting this call. Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor (Likud), Minister of Improvement of Government Services Michael Eitan (Likud), Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor), and National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beiteinu) have all called for such an inquiry, as has Aryeh Deri, former leader of the Shas party.
Israelis are raising important questions about their country’s conduct in Gaza, and they have a right to answers. The civilian population in Gaza has a right to have their claims heard and addressed.
The Obama administration also supports a credible Israeli investigation, as was repeated by National Security Advisor James Jones at the J Street conference.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clearly been feeling the pressure, and if this momentum continues there is a real opportunity to ensure genuine Israeli accountability – and move beyond the polarized debate around the Goldstone report. This irresponsible bill in the House threatens to derail this momentum.
Click here to send an e-mail to your representative asking that they vote no on this bill.
H. Res. 867 is expected to come to the floor of the House next week. Please take action today, and spread the word as far as possible.