Nearly 50,000 people have watched a video clip of Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, giving a pro-Israeli testimony at the UN Human Right Council's special session on the Goldstone Commission's Report on Operation Cast Lead.
As of Monday night, after it had been published on the site for only three days, Kemp's testimony had made it into the 100 'top rated' and 'top favorited' news videos list on YouTube this week, and was one of the top 10 'most viewed' videos in Israel.
In his testimony on Friday, Kemp said the IDF took more precautions during Operation Cast Lead than any military in the history of warfare. Kemp spoke on behalf of UN Watch, an NGO that monitors UN activities.
Kemp delivers address at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Goldstone Report:
Also on Monday, a UN official in New York announced that the UN General Assembly would hold a special session to discuss the Goldstone report before the end of 2009, Israel Radio reported.
According to the report, the exact date for the session would be set after consultations with the relevant parties and representatives of UN member states.
The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the report.
At the UN Human Rights Council session on Friday, 25 states voted in favor of a resolution endorsing the Goldstone Report, while 6 states opposed it.
Although the Goldstone Report also accuses Hamas of war crimes, the five-page resolution adopted in Geneva mentions only Israeli violations of international law. It also went well beyond the scope of the Goldstone Report and condemned Israeli actions in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Tovah Lazaroff and Haviv Rettig Gur contributed to this report