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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:07 PM
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49. here is the link to the Democracy Now report

ADAM HOROWITZ: Right, well, I was very surprised to read the piece in the Washington Post, but I also think that the initial reaction, especially from Israel supporters, is misread. Its being characterized as a retraction. And if you read the op-ed, Judge Goldstone actually only comments on one small part of the report, which I take as an implication that the rest of the report stays intact and that he is still in support of that.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And the main thing that he retracts?

ADAM HOROWITZ: He talked about one small point. He said that there was not a policy, an intentional policy, to target civilians. This was something that was mentioned in the report, but it was just one small issue. Much larger was the issue of intentionally attacking the civilian infrastructure of Gaza, which he doesnt mention, and the idea of just disproportionate and indiscriminate violence, which he doesnt address and which affects civilians disproportionately.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And hasnt the problem been from the very beginning that there was no cooperation whatsoever from Israel in terms of the initial investigation, or even in terms of the United Nations human rights investigation that has followed and came out with a report recently, Lizzy?

LIZZY RATNER: Yeah, absolutely. From the moment Judge Goldstone took on the mission, took on the chairmanship of the mission, he was begging Israel. He wrote letters to Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, saying, "Please comply with this investigation. We think you have valuable things to contribute. We want to make sure we get our facts right." And Israel routinely said, "No, we will absolutely not comply with this investigation. In fact, were going to make it very difficult for you to do your investigation. Were not going to let you into Gaza. If you want to go into Gaza, you have to go in through Egypt, through the Rafah border. And were not going to let you talk to Israeli citizens in Israel. Were not going to let you into the West Bank to examine what happened there." So, in fact, the Goldstone Reportthe Goldstone investigation had to go to Geneva to interview a number of Israeli citizens about what was happening in Sderot, the rockets coming into Sderot. So, Israel, from the beginning, has not complied. In fact, there was a sort of a committee to investigate how the recommendations of the mission were being carried through. It was called the Committee of Experts. And this was simply an investigation of the investigation of the Goldstone Report, and Israel wouldnt comply with them either. So, yeah, from the beginning, Israel has said, "Were not going to help out at all."

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