Jan 28 2011

The Legacy of the Goldstone Report

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Goldstone ReportMore than two years after Israel’s brutal Operation Cast Lead against Gaza, the landmark UN Report on Israel’s war crimes is still a source of major controversy. The Goldstone Report as it is called, was authored by celebrated South African and Jewish human rights lawyer Richard Goldstone, and covers not only Israel’s crimes targeting civilians in Gaza during the war, but also Hamas’ rockets fired into civilian-inhabited regions in Israel. Yet, the Israeli government and pro-Israel establishment soundly rejected the Goldstone report, attacked Goldstone’s reputation, and, so far, have managed to legally stymie the entire report. The U.S. House of Representatives declared the report “irredeemably biased and unworthy of further consideration or legitimacy,” and passed a resolution 344 to 36 against the report. Meanwhile, the Arab news network Al Jazeera has come under fire recently for releasing hundreds of documents detailing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations between 1999 to 2010. Among the documents released are one that reveals the U.S. government pushed Palestinian Authority officials to help them delay a UN vote on the Goldstone report. The U.S. held that postponing the vote could help relaunch the peace process. Now, Nation Books has just published an abridged version of the Goldstone Report with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and an introduction by Naomi Klein. The book also includes analyses of the report by commentators like Ali Abunimah, Laila El Haddad, Rashid Khalidi and others.

GUESTS: Lizzy Ratner, New York based journalist, Philip Weiss, co-editor of Mondoweiss.net, both are co-editors, with Adam Horowitz of “The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict”

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