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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:43 PM
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Democracy Now: Goldstone Retracts Part of His Report on Israeli Assault on Gaza, Leaves Rest Intact
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Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 08:47 PM by Douglas Carpenter
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The lead author of The Goldstone Report on the 2008-2009 Israeli assault on Gaza has backtracked on one of his key findings. In an editorial run Friday by the Washington Post, Judge Richard Goldstone said, Civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy. Now Israel has called on the United Nations to retract the report on the devastating war that led to the death of about 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, and 13 Israelis. To discuss the implications of Judge Goldstones position, we are joined by Adam Horowitz and Lizzy Ratner. They are co-editors of an abridged version of the U.N. investigation, titled The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict. Judge Goldstone actually only comments on one small part of the report, Horowitz says, 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: Well, Adam, we just have about a minute, but the importance of whether the Dahiya Doctrine revealed that Israel was targeting civilianscan you talk about what that Dahiya Doctrine was?

ADAM HOROWITZ: Sure, the Dahiya Doctrine is the war doctrine that Israel first used in the 2006 attack on Lebanon, which basically said that any area that they were receiving fire from, they would consider the entire area to be a military target. Dahiya is a neighborhood in Beirut that was absolutely flattened. Leading up to Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the Israeli military and political command was very clear that they were going to recreate Dahiya in Gaza. And many people, including Judge Goldstone and the Goldstone Report, say thats exactly what happened. And thats one of the most damning charges of the Goldstone Report, which Goldstone does not address in this op-ed, that there was an intentional policy of collective punishment, of attacking the civilian infrastructure, the electricity, the food, the people of Gaza, to punish them for having elected Hamas. And thats a charge that still stands.

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