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Goldstone: IDF must punish officers for Gaza war crimes
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"United Nations investigator Richard Goldstone, whose commission of inquiry found Israel guilty of war crimes in the Gaza Strip, said Monday that Israel Defense Forces soldier and officers must be held accountable for any violations to military standards.

Goldstone's findings outraged Israeli officials across the political and military spectrum, who accused the former South African judge of bias and failure to sufficiently recognize as war crimes Hamas' rocket fire during the winter offensive.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 2 on Monday, Goldstone said IDF soldiers who committed the violations, as well as the commanders who failed to reprimand them, must stand trial for their offenses.

The former judge also said that Israel should have taken the opportunity for an internal investigation of the IDF's conduct during the offensive.

J Street, the left-wing pro-Israel lobby group in the U.S., made a similar plea for an internal IDF probe on Monday."


J Street statement on Goldstone Report


"Today, J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement:

J Street has reviewed the Goldstone report in its entirety over the past several days.

J Street agrees with Israelis, such as Minister Isaac Herzog, that some of the concerns with the report would have been better addressed had the Israeli Government cooperated with the investigation in presenting its own findings.

We urge the Israeli government to establish an independent state commission of inquiry to investigate the accusations, something Israel has done on several occasions in the past.

J Street strongly condemns Hamas for its actions both before and during the Gaza war actions which the report says may amount to crimes against humanity.

The past cannot be changed by reports and commissions. Israelis, Palestinians and the international community led by the United States must focus on forging a better future beginning with this weeks trilateral meeting hosted by President Obama.

Purposeful and assertive action is needed now to avert future rounds of violence and bloodshed. A two-state solution, achieved in short order, is the best alternative for Israel to ongoing insecurity and endless rounds of investigations and international opprobrium.

J Street will continue to focus on advancing this goal and supporting those with the courage to lead the way in making the right choices and tough compromises necessary to achieve peace and security in the Middle East and to advance American interests in the region.
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  -Goldstone: IDF must punish officers for Gaza war crimes Scurrilous  Sep-21-09 05:57 PM   #0 
  - Error: You can't recommend threads from this forum  Howardx   Sep-21-09 06:01 PM   #1 
  - Wow. A UN dominated by ME dictators condemns Israel. Shocka!  Jim Sagle   Sep-21-09 06:10 PM   #2 
  - Good for J Street.  bemildred   Sep-21-09 07:22 PM   #3 
  - Given that he acknowledges that the report was done without critical data  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-21-09 10:28 PM   #4 
  - Who's being unfair? - Richard Goldstone  Scurrilous   Sep-22-09 07:32 PM   #5 
  - Ding Ding Ding...we have a whiner!!!  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-22-09 10:08 PM   #6 
     - Whiner? Infuriated? Distraught? A bit of hyperbole there on yr part, eh?  Violet_Crumble   Sep-22-09 10:14 PM   #7 
     - No, just poking fun at bureaucrats and their follies  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-22-09 10:29 PM   #8 
        - I'm not sure how silly hyperbole is poking fun, nor why you'd want to do it...  Violet_Crumble   Sep-22-09 10:36 PM   #9 
     - note who he addresses - it's not his Israeli critics and their legit concerns with his report  shira   Sep-22-09 10:56 PM   #10 
     - Who's the 'usual idiots and haters'? Anyone who doesn't hold the same view as you?  Violet_Crumble   Sep-22-09 10:59 PM   #11 
        - why are you asking me anything about this? what's the point? remember where we left off?  shira   Sep-22-09 11:23 PM   #12 
           - I recall telling you I wasn't interested in discussing yr pet hobby horse, not the Goldstone Report.  Violet_Crumble   Sep-23-09 01:12 AM   #13 
              - the issue of human shields is covered in the Goldstone Report, albeit inaccurately  shira   Sep-23-09 07:59 AM   #14 
                 - I didn't say I didn't want to discuss the Goldstone report....  Violet_Crumble   Sep-24-09 02:53 AM   #18 
                    - if you want to discuss the Goldstone Report, then why not discuss the issue of human shields in it?  shira   Sep-24-09 05:44 AM   #20 
                       - As I said earlier, I'm bored shitless of yr 'discussion' of human's so obsessive...  Violet_Crumble   Sep-24-09 07:37 AM   #22 
                          - Goldstone fudged the data - just like HRW (of which he was a board member) when his mission ignored  shira   Sep-24-09 08:00 AM   #23 
     - Except its not being ignored  FarrenH   Sep-23-09 08:47 AM   #15 
        - it is being ignored by the vast majority of Israelis and other experts in the field of assymetrical  shira   Sep-23-09 01:10 PM   #16 
        - In the US it has no legs, even on the major universty where I teach  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-23-09 11:39 PM   #17 
           - Sorry to be a bit of a pedant, but don't you spell it 'university'?  Violet_Crumble   Sep-24-09 02:58 AM   #19 
              - Oh Vi you have to understand it's the  azurnoir   Sep-24-09 05:58 AM   #21 
              - Not a bad pun, actually, "universty". Oink oink.  bemildred   Sep-24-09 08:33 AM   #24 
              - Its called forgetfulness WRT the spell checker  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-24-09 10:31 AM   #27 
                 - Well, I (almost) never use spell check, so I think typos.  bemildred   Sep-24-09 11:02 AM   #28 
              - You of all people to use a spelling flame  ProgressiveProfessor   Sep-24-09 10:27 AM   #26 
  - Committing crimes against humanity is standard operating procedure for Israel.  invictus   Sep-24-09 09:04 AM   #25 

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