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Home arrow Controversies surounding... arrow THE GOLDSTONE REPORT
THE GOLDSTONE REPORT PDF Print E-mail
Apr 22, 2011 at 03:24 PM

Canada Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet) offers the following guide on this issue.

On April 1, 2011, an opinion piece by Richard Goldstone was printed in The Washington Post.

Reconsidering the Goldstone report on Israel and war crimes
Richard Goldstone, The Washington Post, 1 April 2011

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/01/AFg111JC_story.html

In essence: “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

There are many thoughtful commentaries on Richard Goldstone’s “reconsideration,” and many reach the same conclusion: “That this mea culpa has nothing to do with new facts is clear when one examines the "evidence" brought by Goldstone to explain his retraction.”

Goldstone's shameful U-turn
Ilan Pappe, The Electronic Intifada, 4 April 2011

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11895.shtml

How, then, should we view the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Operation Cast Lead, an operation that, from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009 left more than one thousand Gazans dead, many more injured, and the infrastructure of a territory under siege destroyed?

Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories: Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
Human Rights Council, United Nations, 15 September 2009

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.PDF

You may recall that the report was not received without criticism.

The Goldstone report and the battle for legitimacy
Richard Falk, The Electronic Intifada, 22 September 2009

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10788.shtml

While acknowledging it as an historic contribution to the Palestinian struggle for justice, Richard Falk noted: “[in] substantive respects the Goldstone report adds nothing new. Its main contribution is to confirm widely reported and analyzed Israeli military practices during the Gaza war. There had been several reliable reports already issued, condemning Israel's tactics as violations of the laws of war and international humanitarian law.”

(For one such example, see:

Operation Cast Lead: 22 Days of Death and Destruction
Amnesty International, 2 July 2009

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=18294 )

Falk also examines how the report falls short of Palestinian expectations, writing that it takes for granted “the dubious proposition that Israel was entitled to act against Gaza in self-defense, thereby excluding inquiry into whether crimes against the peace in the form of aggression had taken place by the launching of the attack.”

Nor did The Goldstone Report comment upon the Israeli closing of all crossings during Operation Cast Lead, denying a refugee option to the civilian population trapped in the Gaza Strip. As Falk argues, “[the] importance of this issue is reinforced by many accounts of the widespread post-traumatic stress experienced by the civilians in Gaza, especially children, who comprise 53 percent of the population.”

It is also worth remembering, as John Dugard does, that Goldstone himself does not describe his opinion piece as a retraction. “This is not surprising. Richard Goldstone is a former judge and he knows full well that a fact-finding report by four persons, of whom he was only one, like the judgment of a court of law, cannot be changed by the subsequent reflections of a single member of the committee.”

Where now for the Goldstone report?
John Dugard, New Statesman, 6 April 2011

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/04/goldstone-report-israel-rights

The other three members – Professor Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics, Ms. Hina Jilani, an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Colonel Desmond Travers, formerly an officer in the Irish Defence Forces – do not share Goldstone's misgivings about the report.

Goldstone report: Statement issued by members of UN mission on Gaza war
Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers, The Guardian, 14 April 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/14/goldstone-report-statement-un-gaza?INTCMP=SRCH

CanPalNet stands in solidarity with the victims of this conflict, who continue to live in difficult and unsafe conditions under an illegal blockade and without remedy, and with Palestinian human rights organizations who “continue to call upon the international community of states to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law by moving this legal process forward. On behalf of the victims and survivors, we remain committed to advancing the cause of justice at the UN general assembly in September 2011 in order to finally pursue accountability for the commission of international crimes and redress for the victims.”

Justice for Gaza conflict victims: a response to Richard Goldstone
Open Letter to Richard Goldstone from Palestinian Human Rights Organizations, The Guardian, 7 April 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/07/richard-goldstone-report-gaza?INTCMP=SRCH

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Vancouver panel says: "Enough!"
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

It is the conviction of Canpalnet that there are many and varied pathways that can and do bring Canadians to a simple conclusion; namely, that Israel's occupation must be ended, for elementary justice, and to salvage the humanity of all.

To illustrate this, a diverse and distinguished panel of speakers assembled in Vancouver at a press conference on June 6th to express their opposition to Israel’s 40 year occupation of Palestinian lands, and to call for the government of Canada to take action against that occupation and in support of human rights and international law. The conference took place in the Bank of Nova Scotia Room at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver.

Dr. Naseer Aruri, noted Palestinian intellectual and prolific author, was a special guest. Born in Jerusalem, now Emeritus Chancellor Professor at the University of Massachussetts, he has been a member of the international board of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (USA), and Palestinian human rights groups. His most recent work is Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine.

A statement of support was sent by the all-party parliamentary group in Ottawa, the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Association.

That message and the statements of the panelists (listed below) are posted on this site.  

  • Svend Robinson, long time member of Parliament.
  • Sister Elizabeth Kelliher, of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement.
  • Murray Dobbin, journalist, broadcaster, and author of books on Canadian politics.
  • David Diamond, founder and artistic director of Headlines Theatre and recipient of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Harmony Award.
  • Lee Lakeman, organizer of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter and a representative for the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers.
  • Carl Rosenberg, editor of Canadian Jewish Outlook Magazine.
  • Terry Greenberg, recently retired member of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Reverend Brenda Faust, Minister of Port Coquitlam Trinity United Church.
  • Henry Krause, pastor of Langley Mennonite Fellowship.
  • Cynthia Flood, prize-winning Canadian short-story writer.
  • Dr. Ivar Ekeland, Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at UBC and former President of the University of Paris-9.
  • Ken Davidson, head of the International Solidarity Committee of CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
  • Thekla Lit, founder and president of BC ALPHA (Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War 2 in Asia).

To see podcast of press conference:

40 Years of Occupation(Part 1) Press Conf. WM video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

40 Years of Occupation(Part 2) Press Conf. video - 9 mins - June 6, 2007

 

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