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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-11 12:55 PM
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Goldstone and the futility of repentance
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But being "fact", as the mission declared its findings, is one thing; being accepted as such in the public sphere and especially the pro-Israel Jewish and evangelical communities, without whose support Israel could never get away with such actions, is another. And so Phase Two of Operation Cast Lead, the propaganda battle to determine the public narrative of the war, was launched. Its chief target was the integrity of Justice Goldstone.

The accusations of starting a blood libel and of engaging in a deliberate betrayal of fellow Jews are of the same type as the accusations that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was removed from the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and became persona non grata in Israel.

Moreover, Goldstone was essentially excommunicated from his synagogue, and attempts were made to prevent him from attending his grandson's bar mitzvah.

As a prominent South African Jewish scholar explained to me: "I think international Jewish pressure was relentless and got to him and he felt a sort of community death knell." A well-known progressive Jewish leader in the US who has faced similarly vitriolic attacks from the Zionist Right seconded this view, arguing that "Judge Goldstone was assaulted harshly by the State of Israel and by the organised Jewish community, publicly repudiated by the Obama administration and Congress".
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