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Goldstone Commission Members Affirm Study Findings


By Stephen Lendman - Posted on 14 April 2011

Goldstone Commission Members Affirm Study Findings - by Stephen Lendman

A previous article addressed chairman Richard Goldstone's fall from grace, accessed through the following link:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/04/richard-goldstones-fall-from-grace...

It discussed his shameless retraction of irrefutable evidence he and other commission members found - namely, that Israel willfully committed crimes of war and against humanity by attacking Gazan civilians and non-military targets in clear violation of international law. Moreover, it was done disproportionately to cause mass deaths, injuries and destruction.

Shockingly, however, Goldstone accepted Israel's internal investigation findings, knowing facts were suppressed and distorted to justify policies. For whatever reasons, he capitulated, selling his soul at the expense of his honor, character, dignity, and high-mindedness, erased in his April 1 Washington Post op-ed too late to retract.

Responding on April 14 in the London Guardian, Commission members Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers headlined, "Goldstone report: Statement issued by members of UN mission on Gaza war," saying without mentioning Goldstone by name:

Recent articles and comments on the Commission's work "have misrepresented facts in an attempt to delegitimize the findings of (its) report and to cast doubts on its credibility."

The four-member Commission's report "is now an official UN document and all actions taken pursuant to its findings and recommendations fall solely within the purview of the United Nations general assembly which, along with the human rights council, reviewed and endorsed it at the end of 2009."

"Aspersions cast on the findings (however) cannot be left unchallenged." Jilani, Chinkin and Travers dispute efforts to claim "any part of the mission's report unsubstantiated, erroneous or inaccurate."

As a result, no reevaluation will be reconsidered, nor is there any UN procedure or precedent to do so. The Commission's conclusions were "made after diligent, independent and objective consideration of the information," carefully obtained. The Commission endorses "its reliability and credibility. We firmly stand by these conclusions."

Further, over 18 months after publication, no contrary facts have been determined. We "have yet to establish a convincing basis for any claims that contradict the findings of the mission's report."

In addition, the UN Human Rights Council "appointed a committee of independent experts to monitor the independence, effectiveness and genuineness of any domestic proceedings carried out to investigate crimes and violations of international law" discovered.

Observers claiming that follow-up committee members Judge Mary McGowan Davis and Judge Lennart Aspergren contradicted the Commission's conclusions "are completely misplaced, and a clear distortion of their findings."

Moreover, the committee said there was "no indication that Israel has opened (legitimate, independent) investigations into the actions of those who designed, planned, ordered and oversaw Operation Cast Lead."

In other words, "one of the most serious allegations about the conduct of Israel's military operations remains completely unaddressed."

The Commission dismisses "calls to reconsider or even retract the report, as well as attempts (to misrepresent) its nature and purpose, (saying they) disregard the right of victims....to truth and justice. They also ignore the responsibility of the relevant parties under international law to conduct prompt, thorough, effective and independent investigations."

Commission members resent pressure exerted to undermine their credibility and integrity. To give in "would be doing a serious injustice to the hundreds of innocent civilians killed during the Gaza conflict, the thousands injured, and the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to be deeply affected by the conflict and the blockade."

The process the report initiated will continue "until justice is done and respect for international human rights and humanitarian law by everyone is ensured."

Hila Jilani is a Pakistani human rights lawyer. Christine Chinkin is London School of Economics Professor of International Law, and Desmond Travers is a former Irish peacekeeper, knowledgeable about international law.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Hey kidz!!! Well, Abe "You're An Anti-Semite if WE HATE YOU" Foxman says it's just Anti-Semitism . . . ;-)

Just like those mean ol' "Ay-Rabs" that dare to criticize or satirize our "Special Friends" . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from ADL Website)
"Goldstone Retraction Fuels New Round Of Anti-Semitism & Conspiracy Theories In Arab Press - New York, NY, April 11, 2011 … The decision by the author of the Goldstone Report to retract several of the key findings of the United Nations fact-finding commission into the 2009 Israeli operation in Gaza has spurred a new round of anti-Semitic cartoons and conspiracy theories in the Arab press, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)."

(full story)
http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASaw_14/6021_14.htm

Can you believe these mean ol' "Anti-Semitic" Ay-Rab propagandists went so far as to suggest that the Jewish lobby is at work applying political pressure to the Goldstone situation, kidz??? . . . ;-)

(clipped text from the above ADL article)
"The Arab cartoons include conspiracy theories suggesting that the Jewish lobby played a sinister role in pressuring Goldstone to change his mind, or accusing Jews and Israelis of attempting to whitewash the report's findings."

Why, we all know that this just ridiculous . . . ;-)

(clipped headline and article from Israel's Haaretz)
"U.S. Senate urges UN to rescind Goldstone's Gaza report - Resolution 138 passes unanimously, calls on members of Human Rights Council to 'reflect the author's repudiation off the Goldstone report's central findings', and asks UN chief Ban to 'do all in his power to redress the damage to Israel's reputation'."

(full story)
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-senate-urges-un-to-res...

Why, I'm sure that these 100 Senators that passed Resolution 138 unanimously did so after much fierce debate and compromise while adhering to the RULE OF LAW as outlined in our U.S. Constitution . . .

. . knowing deep in their hearts that they were supporting TRUTH and JUSTICE for ALL . . .

. . . and it had nothing to do with AIPAC or Zionist Media political pressure . . . ;-)

It is interesting that I just can't seem to find any American media outlet reporting on this UNANIMOUS Senate vote of Resolution 138 . . .

It would seem like in this time of intransigence and extreme partisanship between the Democrats and Republicans, this would be a banner issue to show WE THE PEOPLE that our Congress-critters can agree on and work together on something . . .

. . . as they did when they ALL agreed that it was better to take money way from AMERICAN Women, Children, and Elderly . . .

. . . than dare touch any of those BILLIONS we send to ILLEGALLY Nuclear Armed Israel . . . ;-)

This ol' fool figures that Abe "You're An Anti-Semite If WE HATE YOU" Foxman considers the Symington and Glen Amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 "Anti-Semistism", anyway . . . ;-)

(clipped text and link from Wikipedia)
"Symington Amendment - The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was amended by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976. It banned U.S. economic, and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symington_Amendment

Now that good ol' Zionist U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is armed with Resolution 138,

. . . perhaps she can finally present Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu the head of Richard "I Dared Question 9-11 At The U.N." Falk on a silver platter alongside Judge Goldstone's severed tongue and the bitter herbs, etc. . . .

A very "Special" Seder for our "Special Friends" in time for Passover . . . ;-)

The first cup of innocent blood . . . 3000+ Americans killed on 9-11

The second cup of innocent blood . . . the hundreds of thousands killed in Afghanistan

The third cup of innocent blood . . . the million+ killed in Iraq

The fourth cup of innocent blood . . . the ongoing Genocide of the Palestinians

As for the salt water . . . this very "Special" Seder will have Rachel Corrie's tears . . .

Enjoy your meal, Eretz Israel!!! . . . ;-)

And if the ADL, AIPAC, the World Zionists get their way, you will be able to enjoy it in SILENCE . . . not PEACE . . . just SILENCE . . . ;-)

"And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.
'Fools" said I, 'You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.'"
- "The Sound Of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel

peace.

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