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Reactions to Goldstone recantation speak volumes
wapo ^ | 4/6/11 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/06/2011 10:44:31 AM PDT by Nachum

Richard Goldstone’s stunning recantation of his war crimes accusation against the Jewish state has reverberated through the Jewish community here and in Israel. The U.S. reaction was mild; the British was worse, explicitly refusing to call for the revocation of the report. (You can understand why Israel doesn’t consider European countries to be honest peace brokers.)

The legitimately pro-Israel groups were delighted by the retraction of Goldstone’s libel. David Harris of the American Jewish Committee told the Jerusalem Post:

“Judge Goldstone should apologize to the State of Israel for the accusations of intentionally targeting civilians, which he now admits were unfounded. He should present his updated conclusions to the UN Human Rights Council, as well as to the General Assembly, which endorsed the skewed report, and press for its rejection.”

On the accusations that Israel refused to cooperate with the Goldstone Commission Harris said, “Judge Goldstone may continue to believe that Israel did not cooperate, but he knows Israel gave him reports and also opened its own investigations. Judge Goldstone knows deep in his soul that he and his team chose to ignore or selectively excerpt the Israeli evidence.”

Harris continued to assert, however, despite that Goldstone’s current “admissions” two years later, the report caused irreversible damage to Israel. “The Goldstone report essentially gave impunity to Hamas for its ongoing war crimes.”

“Some may appreciate Judge Goldstone’s candor, but the UN report he authored already has become a tool in the arsenal of those who demonize Israel,” said Harris.

“Regrettably, during the past two years Goldstone himself has contributed greatly to the broad smear against Israel by disseminating his report’s unfounded allegations in numerous interviews and articles.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antisemite; goldstone; reactions; recantation; speak

1 posted on 04/06/2011 10:44:33 AM PDT by Nachum
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“Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up.”

2 posted on 04/06/2011 11:49:46 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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Actually a non-recantion from the anti-apartheid hanging judge (what else could he do?) since he doesn't support the withdrawl of his report.

3 posted on 04/06/2011 4:19:50 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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