On April 3, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the UN to retract the Goldstone Report. The official finding was released by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict in September 2009 and concluded that both Israeli and Palestinian forces committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead. Netanyahu made his request for withdrawal after statements made by Richard Goldstone in a Washington Post op-ed that cast doubt on the veracity of the Report. Specifically, the report alleged that Israel continuously disregarded the safety of civilians during the conflict in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention. A separate report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay similarly concluded in August 2009 that Israeli actions violated international law and the rights of Palestinian civilians.
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