- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (January 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568586418
- ISBN-13: 978-1568586410
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
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The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict 1st Edition
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Starred Review. American journalists Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss provide a comprehensive picture of the 2009 Gaza conflict in this abridged version of the UN Fact-Finding Mission's report on the Gaza Conflict commonly known as "the Goldstone Report." Much more than a simple paring down of the controversial original document, which recounts human rights abuses committed by both Israel and Hamas, this edition is enhanced by oral testimonies and essays from experts following the report's publication. The evocative oral testimonies describing limbs strewn about a bombed mosque and young girls shot in front of their father inject a harrowing human element to counterbalance the report's dispassionate tone. The additional essays, including Tutu's eloquent foreword, offer an array of thought-provoking perspectives on the validity of the report, the vehement debates it has generated, and its effects on judge Goldstone himself, who became the victim of "Jewish excommunication" for what some perceived as a betrayal of Israel. An essential read for those concerned with accurate documentation of historical events and nations' accountability for their treatment of civilians living in war zones. (Jan.)
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The mandate handed to Goldstone was deeply flawed and one-sided by his own admission: it read in part: '...strongly condemning the on-going Israeli military operation which has resulted in massive violations of the human rights of the Palestine people and systematic destruction of Palestinian infrastructure.' You don't need to be a genius to know where this is going. This is BEFORE the mission was assembled. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson was originally asked to head it up but rightly refused on the grounds that it was not only biased but that the Council made a practice of '...adopting resolutions guided not by human rights but by politics. This is very regrettable.'
The mission was tainted from the outset. Christine Chinkin, LSE professor and barrister with the Matrix Chambers, should have recused herself at the outset on the grounds that she had previously signed an open letter (to the London Times, I believe) entitled 'Israel's Bombardment of Gaza is not Self-Defence - It Is a War Crime.' Of course she didn't recuse herself. The other three, including Goldstone himself, had displayed their attitude by writing open letters elsewhere that showed similar bias. The team must have been chosen on the basis of their hostility to Israel.
I haven't space or time to go into the dozens of examples of this anti-Israel bias, but believe me, there are many. At least Goldstone, forced into a half-hearted retraction after all the damage had been done, has seen his reputation shredded. He refuses now to engage in public debate on his report.
The way the UNHRC behaved was truly shameful. What makes me so angry is the damage this has done to Israel, because although a mountain of literature has grown from those who have subsequently exposed the incompetence, flawed methodology, bigotry and plain lies (yes LIES!) contained in the Report, the effects of its publication are so profound they will probably never be fully redressed. After all, aren't first impressions the most important?
I will say something about impressions though. The report states several times that on the basis of evidence it received it finds that Israel did deliberately target Palestinian civilians. i.e. that Israel committed mass murder. That evidence was given in the presence of Hamas fighters, and never in camera. Some time earlier Hamas gunmen had entered a Gaza hospital and executed, in their beds, 12 Palestinians the gunmen said had been 'collaborators.' So those witnesses for the prosecution were acutely aware of what would happen if they did not recount the Hamas version. Not only that, but for reasons Goldstone has never adequately explained, he insisted the mission's hearings be conducted live on TV! Was he mad? Or was he malign? Either way, those witness statements were obvious;t delivered under duress. And evidence to the contrary freely available then as now on the Web was ignored. Impressions that will linger in the memory of all viewers at the time unaware of what I have just written.
As the Holocaust recedes from living memory so does antisemism continue its steady crawl from the pit. And this report belongs in a museum of antisemitism, alongside the Protocols, Kein Kampf and copies of Der Sturmer.
By the way, I am not a Jew, just an unremarkable Englishman, baffled by the unprecedented demonisation of Israel that has proceeded apace over more than sixty years.
This is not the first time that Israel used disproportionate force in civilian areas. Israel also killed many innocent civilians in the Lebanon conflict a few years ago. Many of the U.S. supplied cluster bombs dropped by Israel in Lebanon continue to harm and kill Lebanese civilians to this day.
One of the events outlined in the Report described the Israeli sniper shooting of Palestinian women holding white flags, including a pregnant Palestinian woman. One of the Israeli snipers eventually did face reduced charges, but he was not charged with murder.
In April, 2011 Justice Goldstone stated that the Israeli government did not deliberately target Gaza civilians during the conflict, and they investigated some of the alleged human rights violations. He also noted that Hamas has conducted no investigations of their forces targeting civilians. Even though Israel did not in most cases target civilians specifically, they continued to fire in densely populated civilian areas in Gaza, leading to the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians. It is of little consolation to Palestinian families that their dead loved ones were not deliberately targeted by the Israeli army.
As long as the U.S. government provides unconditional support to Israel regardless of their often reckless actions, Israel will likely continue its agressive retaliatory policies leading to needless death and injury of innocent Palestinian civilians. There is little doubt that Israel's unjust and illegal occupation policies in the Palestinian Territories are the root cause of the violence in the region.
as a jew i am horrified at the unparalleled brutality and visciousioness being directed at the palestinians by the previous and current government of israel and the israel defence forces.
israel think they clearly have an unlimited licence to kill arbitrarily and on a large scale.
israel have shown that they are prepared to kill scores of innocent civilians, in order to execute one 'wanted' person.
its a pity this book doesnt have photos-or not in the kindle version anyway.
they should have show how the israeli soldiers defecated for 'kicks' in the homes of the palestinians whom they were besieging.
israel would not allow goldstone to enter israel and interview witnesses properly because they knew that this would not be in their narrow interest. so he went to the trouble of flying witnesses overseas.
in the end when goldstone came to the fair conclusion that both israel and hamas appear to be guilty of war crimes, he was called the most terrible and offensive names. israel and its followers then proceeded to make his life so intolerable, that he has absolutely no choice but to say that he made a mistake. but if you saw the well orchestrated worldwide hate campaign him, you would know the real reason why he retracted his carefully considered initial assessment