Crimes of omission - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • LeeM
    • 03.04.11 | 06:48 (IDT)

    It is clear Judge Goldstone has succombed to the extreme social pressure being brought upon him to recant his report. That is unfortunate, but it in no way alters the reality of what took place in Gaza. It may be that Israel's crimes are more of deliberate omission than of specific commission. While Goldstone seems to be saying he had no clear-cut evidence that civilians were deliberately targeted, it is equally clear that the Israeli military took no particular precautions to protect civilians from what they had to know would be carnage. A story by Ethan Bronner in the New York Times as the Gaza onslaught ended is instructive. "The Israeli theory of what it tried to do (in Gaza) is summed up in a Hebrew phrase heard across Israel and throughout the military in the past weeks: 'baal habayit hishtageya,' or 'the boss has lost it.' It evokes the image of a madman who cannot be controlled." The article makes clear that Israel believed that the greater the civilian casualties, the more the Gazan people would blame Hamas for their plight.

    from the article: Hamas: Goldstone retreat doesn't negate war crimes committed in Gaza
    First published 00:43 03.04.11 | Last updated 00:43 03.04.11
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