How Arab World Newspapers Saw Goldstone After His Retraction

ADL: Judge's op-ed regretting claims of Israeli war crimes spurred new round anti-Semitic cartoons and conspiracy theories.

Judge Richard Goldstone's op-ed in the Washington Post retracting some of his claims that Israel targeted Palestinian civilians in the Gaza war prompted harsh reactions around the Arab world, including in its newspapers.

The Anti-Defamation League believes that the op-ed even “spurred a new round of anti-Semitic cartoons and conspiracy theories in the Arab press” – exacerbated by Goldstone’s Jewish identity.

“Just as the original report was celebrated by Arab cartoonists as ‘proof’ of the evil nature of Israel and Jews, so too has the decision by Judge Richard Goldstone to reconsider his findings inspired another round of hateful caricatures and stereotypes in the Arab media," Anti-Defamation League chairman Abraham Foxman said.

"Newspapers across the Arab world have responded to the Goldstone developments with a series of hideous caricatures, many of them viciously anti-Semitic.”

Meanwhile, two initiatives have been presented at Congress meant to pressure the United Nations to rescind the report.

The House initiative, authored by Republican Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, suggests conditioning part of the U.S.' funding at the UN on reforms to make the body more fair, effective and transparent.

In autumn 2009, the House passed by a large majority a resolution calling on the US president and secretary of state to ignore the Goldstone report and any discussions based on it. In the time, the U.S. Administration stood by Israel, expressing faith in Israel’s ability to conduct impartial and effective investigation of the military operation’s possible failures.