Congress set to condemn Gaza report

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WASHINGTON. November 4. KAZINFORM. The US House of Representatives was expected to easily approve a sharply worded resolution Tuesday denouncing a UN report accusing Israel and Palestinian militants of committing war crimes in the Gaza war; Kazinform refers to Arab News.

Resolution 867, which was scheduled for vote after the Arab News' deadline, bashed the Goldstone report. It was introduced by staunchly pro-Israel Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, and supported by Democrat Gary Ackerman, NY, and his Republican colleague Dan Barton, Indiana, both of whom hold senior positions on the House Subcommittee on the Middle East.

On Monday, the resolution had 114 co-sponsors out of 435 members of the US Congress.

The House was expected to vote in favor of the bill, saying it was a "mirror of the UN's one-sided position against Israel," and was used by Israel's enemies to excuse their operations.

The wording of Res. 867 has been criticized: "The current text of the proposed Congressional resolution, H. Res. 867, contains numerous factual inaccuracies...," said Foreign Policy Report; Kazinform cites Arab News. See www.arabnews.com for full version.

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