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The Goldstone recantation

Have you heard this story?  If not, I suspect you're far from alone:

Sometime Friday night, April 1, 2011, which was also the Jewish Sabbath, the Washington Post published, online, a rather remarkable op-ed piece by South African jurist Richard Goldstone. Essentially, Goldstone recanted his own "Goldstone Report," a document which has been used against Israel in countless, damaging ways, a document which accuses Israel of possible "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" in its incursion into Gaza in response to the 10,000 rockets Hamas launched towards Israeli civilians in Sderot and southern Israel--a document which charges Israel with having "purposely targeted civilians in Gaza."

Goldstone now admits that all the above charges are wrong, false, are based on too-little-information or on flawed-information. He partly blames Israel for not "co-operating" with the venomously biased Human Rights Council, but in truth, Goldstone really had available much of the information which is now contained in Israel's painfully careful investigation of what happened in Gaza.

Israel looked into the false allegations that it had "targeted civilians" and investigated itself thoroughly. Of course, although Goldstone also charged Hamas with this same task--Hamas did not do so. Now, rather late in the day, Goldstone has finally noted that there are actually some important differences between an open, transparent, lawful, ethical, and democratic Jewish state and an Islamist-terrorist organization such as Hamas.

The New York Times, living up to its anti-semitic meme, refused to publish the piece:

Judge Richard Goldstone's expressions of regret about the Goldstone Commission Report for the UN Human Rights Commission into Israel's incursion into Gaza in early 2009, Operation Cast Lead, has not received the hoped-for coverage in the world, especially compared with the original report.

Hebrew daily "Yediot Ahronot" today cites a source close Goldstone as saying that he originally approached the "The New York Times", one of the world's top newspapers, to publish his article, but that its Op-ed editor refused. Goldstone published his article in "The Washington Post" on Friday.

We await Thomas Friedman's balanced response to Goldstone's recantation.  It should hit the streets about the same time Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan publish their own.


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Comments (19)

It's the Jooooooooooooooooo... (Below threshold)

It's the Jooooooooooooooooooooooooos!

His recant will not be covered by have as many who covered the original report. The meme will be "Israel committed war crimes" by all those "representatives" of the Muslim community and MS-Aljazeera.

The New York Times, livi... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

The New York Times, living up to its anti-semitic meme.

The New York Times is now anti-semitic? That is probably news to their Jewish publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger.

Steve, do you not read the ... (Below threshold)

Steve, do you not read the NYT?

To liberal/socialists and M... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

To liberal/socialists and Muslims it's okay to lie to infidels to achieve your goals. That's why I don't believe what a liberal/socialist or a Muslim says.

The NYT: All the narrative... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The NYT: All the narrative that's fit to print.

As for your bogus assertion Steve it is the editorial board not Pinch that determines whether an Op-Ed piece is accepted. And if you are thinking that Jewish people cannot collaborate with anti-Semites you might take a look at George Soros, who helped the Nazis send Jews to the death camps.

Of course Soros was really just a pisher compared to people like Abraham Gancwajch. Really Steve, go read some history. It will help you avoid making an ass of your self over and over again.

epador, I do. Here is NYT a... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

epador, I do. Here is NYT article on the Goldman story, Head of U.N. Panel Regrets Saying Israel Intentionally Killed Gazans. Seems quite fair and objective to me.

The Haaretz paper in Israel was much more criticial of Cast Freedom, the IDF invasion of the Gaza strip in January, 2009 than the New York Times, and no one in Israel, would call it anti-semitic, or I have never heard it. Jews are more sensitive to the accuracy of this loaded slur. It is ridiculous charge, especially as the NYT publisher, and many of the journalists and editors are jewish. Of course, that doesn´t stop Rick from making it.

By the way, in the interests of full disclosure, I believe the New Testament is laced with subtle antisemitism. Judas, for example the name of the disciple who supposedly betrayed Jesus for which there is no historical evidence, according to the eminent almost pre-eminent scholar and translator, George Steiner... but that is a a different debate.

Everyone mentions Goldstone... (Below threshold)

Everyone mentions Goldstone´s name, but he did not write the report all by himself.There were other people involved. It would be interesting to know what his colleagues think about the whole thing now.

Don't see how those "intell... (Below threshold)

Don't see how those "intellectuals" could have gotten it wrong. They started with the premise that Israel was guilty until proven innocent.

Israel did not help its cau... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Israel did not help its cause, by refusing to cooperate with Goldstone who is Jewish, or allowing him to work in Israel.

Israel wisely refused to pa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Israel wisely refused to participate in an exercise which was little more than an investigation to support a predetermined conclusion. Goldstone merely admits that this is the case and confesses the sham that those who can think independently of the the leftist narrative already knew existed.

Israel did not help its ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Israel did not help its cause, by refusing to cooperate with Goldstone who is Jewish, or allowing him to work in Israel.

That's right Steve. Let's trot out that "It's the Joos fault" meme one more time.

Goldstone's commission relied upon evidence presented from Hamas and other terrorist groups as if they were fair and impartial investigators. I have a problem with cooperating with any organization that will take the word of a group of terrorists that celebrate the slaughter of innocents and the stabbing to death of toddlers in their beds. To participate in such an "investigation" is to lend credibility to terrorists that they do not deserve.

So Steve,It was th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

So Steve,

It was the Joos fault! when the Goldstone report came out blaming them. And now you say it's the Joos fault! now that Goldstone has recanted his commission's report. Is there anything that you won't blame them for? Unemployment? The housing crisis?

As for the focus of the Gol... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

As for the focus of the Goldstone reoprt´Israeli war crimes in Gaza·, which many of you roundly denied at the time... and still do probably.

The military said that( in July, 2010) " more than 150 cases have been examined since the campaign, and nearly 50 criminal investigations have been started."

and that is from the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces, which I presume, can be cleared of the usual customary blanket charge of anti-semiticsm from right-wing Americans, but nothing would surprise me.

Steve,So now you a... (Below threshold)
jim m:


So now you are going with the "It's fake but accurate" approach to defending your position? Nice.

No, I haven't read every wo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

No, I haven't read every word in his recant or his full report, but he has shied away from the charge of deliberate targetings of civilians. They seem to have been many instances, too many beyond the fog of war justification, for there to be that much solace for the IDF.

The New York Slimes has ass... (Below threshold)
Constitution First:

The New York Slimes has assured their place in history as "The Paper of Irrelevancy"

Nearly 50 investigations do... (Below threshold)

Nearly 50 investigations does not = 50 convictions or findings of guilt. Ask anyone that works in law enforcement.

I see we have our own blood... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves:

I see we have our own blood libel apologist hereabouts.

One is way too many.

I'm launching my own invest... (Below threshold)
Colonel Klink:

I'm launching my own investigation of Steve Crickmore. By his own use of the word, that makes him guilty already!






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