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    • Marc Welsh
    • 03.04.11 | 15:42 (IDT)

    Goldstone produced a mission report that the Israeli government and military apparatus obstructed in undertaking its enquiries and refused to engage with when it was being prepared. Since then some information has been published by the Israeli state that could have been provided at the time if it had chosen to engage with Goldstone's inquiry. As a result Goldstone acknowledges that that information would have influenced his report (well DUH! - of course it would have!). He has said for years the report was the best they could do with the material available and serves as a starting point for investigations into what happened. The findings are multiple and in many cases verified in subsequent investigation (e.g. the manslaughter charge). That IDF attacks killed large numbers of civilians is beyond doubt. The extent to which that was deliberate, necessary, accidental, or the result of poor planning and military deployment is unclear. All Goldstone has acknowledged is that as Israel has made more material public the extent to which these killings were a consequence of the latter two causes is clearer and the report would have reflected this. And??? This (sadly typical) hysterical response by Netanyahu etc to dismiss the entire report and re-write history in a more "palatable" manner for what is frankly rightly seen in many nations as a shameful episode in Israel's recent history is quite depressing really. Just as depressing are the ridiculous response of some posters here - Goldstone spewing hate, blah blah blah. Honestly guys and gals - just makes you look rather foolish.

    from the article: Israel to launch campaign urging UN to retract Goldstone report
    First published 12:46 03.04.11 | Last updated 12:46 03.04.11
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