The Goldstone Report…cont’ Update 4/19
Judge Richard Goldstone has long been an esteemed jurist in South Africa and internationally. Here is a round-up of recent articles that discuss his change of views about Israeli targeting of civilian in the war in Gaza and the controversy that has followed.
Goldstone’s fellow commissioners, though pressured to change their minds, refuse to do so. “The statement by Mr. Goldstone’s three colleagues shows that they share none of his second thoughts about the report and that they are eager to prevent his essay from being used to cast aside the report entirely, as the Israeli government and some members of Congress are hoping it will.” New York Times. Here is their complete statement as published in the Guardian.
The Forward had this story recounting the pressures reportedly placed on Goldstone to back down from the reports’ findings. The Forward.
Roger Cohen looks at the report of Mary McGowan Davis who Goldstone cites as the source for his change of views. Cohen thinks Goldstone has misread Judge Davis’s report. New York Times.
Here again is Judge Goldstone’s op-ed piece in the Washington Post that started the controversy.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has joined the stampede to repudiate the Goldstone Report and in this interview looks forward to PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Has she no shame? Ha’aretz interviews her.
A full story from Ethan Bronner (NY Times) about Judge Goldstone’s struggle with the controversy: “Interviews with two dozen people who know him suggest a combination of reasons: the hostility from his community, disappointment about Hamas’s continuing attacks on civilians, and new understanding of Israel’s conduct in a few of the most deadly incidents of the war.”