Home / About Us / News / Israel Human Rights Law / The Goldstone Report / Related Sites

Human Rights and Israel

The United Nations fact-finding mission examining Israel's IDF Operation Cast Lead against the Islamic terror organization Hamas in Gaza has been published. Headed by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, the mission's 575-page report (PDF format) concluded that "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity."

This bald statement condemns Israel out of hand and consigns it to the heap of rogue states and regimes which regularly and without conscience disregard human rights, trampling on the basic civil liberties of its citizens and those of other countries.

This web site is dedicated to examining Israel’s Human Rights record and explaining its Basic Law, which defines and upholds the rights of its citizens (broadly speaking) and those of other countries – particularly of refugees pouring into Israel to escape persecution and even death in their home countries and by countries through which they pass seeking sanctuary. Israel is one of the few countries which has opened its gates despite the many difficulties – social and financial – which are a result of this humanitarian action.

CNN Interview with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Sept 22, 2009

UN Investigation of Israel Discredits Itself and Undercuts Human Rights/Alan M. Dershowitz

The Gaza report is a disaster for human rights and peace/Barry Rubin

Goldstone Report is a Barrier to Peace/Alan M. Dershowitz

Analysis: Blocking the truth behind the Gaza war/By JONATHAN D. HALEVI, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs–Sep. 21, 2009



What people are saying about the UN Goldstone Report

Mary Robinson:

"I am afraid the resolution is not balanced because it focuses on what Israel did,
without calling for an investigation on the launch of the rockets by Hamas.
This is unfortunately a practice by the Council: adopting resolutions guided not by human rights but by politics. This is very regrettable."
(Le Temps, 4 February 2009).

The Hudson Institute's Anne Bayefsky addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva:

"At its core, the Goldstone Report repeats the ancient blood libel against the Jewish people - the allegation of bloodthirsty Jews intent on butchering the innocent," she said.
With this report, the UN has rendered the right of the Jewish people
to self-defense a "crime against humanity,"
she continued.


Let’s understand what we mean by “Human Rights?”

(sourced from: Absolute Astronomy)

“Human Rights” refers to the "basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled." Examples of rights and freedoms which have come to be commonly thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of expression, and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in culture, the right to food, the right to work, and the right to education.

Rights are legal or moral entitlements or permissions. Rights are of vital importance in theories of justice and deontology (the study of what is morally obligatory, permissible, right, or wrong). Many contemporary notions of rights are Universality and egalitarianism, with equal rights granted to all peoples. Examples of rights and freedoms which have come to be commonly thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to Life, Liberty, Freedom of Speech, Culture, the Right to Food, the Right to Work and the Right to Education.

Political Freedom

Political freedom is the absence of interference with the sovereignty of an individual by the use of coercion or aggression. The members of a free society, such as Israel, would have full dominion over their public and private lives.


Life is a characteristic of organisms that exhibit certain biological processes such as chemical reactions or other events.


Liberty, the freedom to act or believe without being stopped by unnecessary force, is generally considered in modern times to be a concept of political philosophy and identifies the condition in which an individual has the right to act according to his or her own free will.

Freedom of Speech

The freedom to speak freely without censorship or limitation. The synonymous term “freedom of expression” is sometimes used to denote not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.


The word "culture" is most commonly used in three basic senses:

  • Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities
  • An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning
  • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group

Right to Food

Right to adequate food is a human right, inherent in all people, to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life free of fear. Israel fully understands this basic human right for its citizens and her global neighbors.

Right to Work

The right to work is the concept that people have a human right to work and may not be prevented from doing so. The right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law through its inclusion in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Right to Education

The right to education is recognized as a human right and is understood to establish an entitlement to free, compulsory primary education for all children, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all children, as well as equitable access to higher education, and a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals.

Israel Human Rights is Concerned for ALL People

Humanitarian aid to Gaza during IDF operations

Despite hostile Islamic terror attacks on UN humanitarian aid convoys, the Israel Defense Forces risks the lives of their soldiers to ensure that the civilian population in Gaza has food, shelter and medical supplies. In the phoptographs below, one can see medicine and ambulances are delivered to Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing during the Israel operation in Gaza:
(Photos: IDF Spokesperson)

Throughout the Israel Defence Forces operation in Gaza, Israel continued to ensure that the civilian population in the Gaza Strip received food, medicines and other humanitarian necessities.

  • 37,159 tons of Israel humanitarian aid on 1503 trucks were transferred via the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings (food, medication and medical supplies).
  • 1,535,750 liters of heavy duty diesel for the Gaza power station
  • 234 tons of gas for domestic use
  • 188,000 liters of diesel for UNRWA vehicles and needs
  • 3,896 tons of grain, on 98 trucks were transferred via the Karni conveyor belt
  • 20 ambulances were donated by the governments of Turkey and Jordan, and 10 ambulances transferred to the Gaza Strip by the ICRC in order to meet the needs of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society
  • 449 dual nationals were evacuated via the Erez Crossing
  • 68 chronically ill people and their escorts made their way from Gaza to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan
  • 37 employees of international organizations and medical staff entered Gaza via the Erez Crossing
    forward medical clinic was established at Erez by Magen David Adom
  • Numerous medical movements took place via Rafah, including at least 25 ambulances
  • Daily updates of humanitarian aid

Hamas abuse of the humanitarian effort:

  • Use of ambulances to mobilize terrorists
  • Terrorist tunnel aimed at disrupting the Nahal Oz and Karni crossings
  • Launching and firing from the immediate vicinity of international installations (UNRWA hospitals etc.)
  • Launching and shooting from within populated areas, schools and homes
  • Terrorist activities formulated and carried out from mosques, including storage of rockets
  • Abuse of the humanitarian recess to launch increased amount of rockets
  • Prevention of medical evacuation of Palestinians to Israel

Israel - Providing International Humanitarian Aid

Israeli Flying Aid

Israeli Flying Aid (IFA) is a non profit, volunteer-based, non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to provide humanitarian life saving aid and relief to communities in areas stricken by natural disaster or territorial conflicts Operating in places where local regimes prevent entry from formal international humanitarian organizations. Focusing on countries that lack diplomatic relations with Israel transcending differences, prejudices, race, nationally, religion and creed.




Sponsored by:

The Association for Human Rights in Israel

Produced by: Leyden Communications Group

This site contains some copyrighted materials the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

About Us | News Human Rights Law in Israel | The Goldstone Report | Related Sites | Contact us