A damning report on last winter’s fighting in Gaza has accused both Israel and the Palestinians of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. The United Nations investigator Richard Goldstone blamed the Israeli army for using disproportionate force, and Palestinian militants for firing rockets into Israel against non-military targets.
Goldstone said the UN Security Council should demand an Israeli investigation into its forces’ actions, which must meet the highest standards. If not, the matter should be sent to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Israel rejected the report as one-sided, saying it ignored Palestinian rocket attacks into southern Israel. 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the conflict, more than half of them civilians. 13 Israelis died.