April 4, 2011 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Near the end of September 2009, during its 12th session, the U.N's inappropriately named, "Human Rights Council," issued a study which came to be known as the Goldstone Report, authored by the former South African judge Richard Goldstone. [see, HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.PDF]
The politicized document, as intended, achieved its goal, demonizing the state of Israel for defending itself against the Palestinian Islamic jihad, concluding, "From the facts available to it, the Mission is of the view that some of the actions of the Government of Israel might justify a competent court finding that crimes against humanity have been committed...." [source, Report pg. 25]
When the U.N. voted to accept the Goldstone conclusions Team Obama weakly demurred, "Douglas M. Griffiths, the U.S. representative to the council, merely registered "disappointment at the outcome of this resolution." [see, Jonathan Schanzer, Goldstone Report Marks Another Obama Failure, Jewish Policy Center, http://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/1473/goldstone-report-marks-another-obama-failure]
Regardless of Obama's silly posturing, the damage was done, Israel's reputation became further sullied, driven by anti-Semitic vitriol coming from not only the Arab world, where there it has a religious basis, and also from Europe, where Jew hatred is all-too-often just below the surface, papered over by a pastiche of diplomatic niceties.
But over this last weekend - a revelation - we find that Richard Goldstone has now repudiated his report, declaring what any reasonable party would have immediately surmised, "that civilians were not intentionally targeted" [by Israel] "as a matter of policy."
Despite this pathetic attempt at a mea-culpa, Goldstone and his band of "human rights" fabricators have not done sufficient penance to mitigate the now two year established fallacious impression created by their findings, that Israel is simply a Jewish version of the Third Reich, whose bloodthirsty IDF intentionally killed defenseless Palestinian women and children during Operation Cast Lead.
Apology not accepted, no dice, this document's [and the U.N.'s] anti-Semitism continues to be on display. Nothing can reasonably be done which will ever undo the harm which this agendized, doctored report caused. Unbelievably, even in Goldstone recantation we are again confronted by the animus from which anti-Semitism flows with the now disgraced jurist continuing to pillory Israel as the causative factor for his bogus conclusion, citing it was only Israel's lack of forthcomingnes during his star chamber proceeding which led him astray.
We suggest that Mr. Goldstone peddle this tripe elsewhere; defenders of Israel - as a Jewish state - aren't in a buying mood.
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