Gensyn med Goldstone

Diverse — Drokles on April 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Kan de huske Israels afklapsning af Hamas i 2009, hvor venstrefløjen talte om massakre og FN bestilte et anklageskrift mod Israel for krigsforbrydelser? Goldstonerapporten blev den kaldt efter hovedforfatteren, den sydafrikanske jurist Richard Goldstone og det var lige, hvad alle kunne bruge til at bevise Israels manglende eksistensberettigelse selvom den var et makværk fra ende til anden. Men nu er der gået nogle år og Gadaffi sidder ikke længere med ved bordet i FNs menneskerettighedsråd og Goldstone har funderet lidt over sine konklusioner og trækker i Washington Post stille lidt i land.

Our report found evidence of potential war crimes and “possibly crimes against humanity” by both Israel and Hamas. That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.

The allegations of intentionality by Israel were based on the deaths of and injuries to civilians in situations where our fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion. While the investigations published by the Israeli military and recognized in the U.N. committee’s report have established the validity of some incidents that we investigated in cases involving individual soldiers, they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy.

Man skulle tro at det var en aprilsnar. Elder of Zion, hvor jeg så denne artikel kommenterer klogt

Goldstone’s admission, welcome as it is, is disingenuous.

Certainly the worst part of the report was in the many parts that he is now retracting, that the IDF purposefully targeted civilians. He now says that the “ fact-finding mission had no evidence on which to draw any other reasonable conclusion” when the report was written. But in reality, if he had looked at both the history of how the IDF acts in war in general, the specifics that were known about how the IDF acted in Gaza, and how wars in urban combat zones are generally waged (i.e., in Iraq), of he was fair he would have easily concluded that the IDF was not purposefully targeting civilians and that they went out of their way, indeed even above and beyond, to avoid targeting real civilians (while Hamas was dressing up its fighters in civilian clothing.)

It appears that now, two years later, he is impressed that Israel is conducting investigations into acts of individual soldiers. Yet this is how the IDF always acted.

His belated retraction also doesn’t note that much of what his report said was known to be false at the time the Goldstone Report was released, as I and others have documented quite exhaustively. His report had a clear and consistent bias where Israeli claims were treated skeptically but Hamas claims were believed without reservation. To come back 18 months later and lamely admit that Israeli claims were indeed found to be accurate just shows how biased he was in accepting problematic testimony then.

Dengang under den mageløse Operation Cast Lead røg venstrefløjen selvfølgelig op i det røde felt i forargelse over at jøder tog sig den frihed at forsvare sig selv og samlede en demonstration med ganske prominente talere samt Trine Pertou Mach. Arbejderen samlede dengang et par pluk fra talerne (som jeg desværre ikke har magtet at opstøve i deres fulde længde)

Krigen i Gaza er en sag for os alle - og drejer sig om det internationale samfunds, herunder EU og Danmarks, fortsatte svigt overfor det løfte om et selvstændigt og frit Palæstina, som så ofte luftes, men bliver ved de tomme ord. Det er dén problemstilling, som hele krigen i Gaza i virkeligheden drejer sig om, og kun sådan, at en varig og retfærdig fred kan findes.
Trine Pertou Mach, Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke

Jeg har opfordret regeringen til at udvise den israelske ambassadør indtil Israel stopper angrebene. Vi har også foreslået økonomiske sanktioner. Israel tjener stort på samhandel med Europa med en gunstig handelsaftale. EU skal ophæve denne aftale, og Danmark bør lukke grænserne for israelske varer.
Frank Aaen, Enhedslisten

Vi skal presse maksimalt på for, at Israel stopper krigen og indespærringen af Gaza; standser koloniseringen af besat område på Vestbredden og nedlægger de ulovlige bosættelser. Målet er en levedygtig palæstinensisk stat og Jerusalem som hovedstad både for Israel og Palæstina.
Mogens Lykketoft, Socialdemokraterne

Det er Israel, der er besættelsesmagten. Det er Israel, der er stormagten. Det er Israel, der har hovedansvaret for at skabe fred! Lige nu har Israel desværre valgt krigens vej. Derfor skal presset på Israel styrkes.
Villy Søvndal, SF

Den israelske aktion er båret af en overdreven og fejlagtig tro på, at man kan løse konflikter med militære midler. Det har været prøvet så tit i Mellemøsten. Det gør problemerne større og skubber en fredsløsning længere væk.
Margrethe Vestager, Det Radikale Venstre

Idag er de sammen om at bombe i Libyen og med alvorlig mine erkende at civile tab er en del af krigens barske uundgåelige virkelighed. Forskellen er selvfølgelig at Hamas ofre var jøder og det er Gadaffis ikke.

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