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Apr 5, 2011
Bernard-Henri Levy is claiming credit for having persuaded President Sarkozy to press successfully for Western intervention in Libya.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United Nations Human Rights Council said it will continue to use the Goldstone Report as written, despite its author's retraction of a key finding.
Council spokesman Cedric Sapey told the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot on Monday that the Op-Ed written by Richard Goldstone appearing in The Washington Post of April 2 was his personal opinion and not that of the rest of the committee.
Sapey had told The Associated Press on Monday that Goldstone would have to submit a formal request signed by all of the committee members to withdraw the report. The Goldstone committee, which examined the conduct of Israel and Hamas during the monthlong Gaza war in the winter of 2008-09, was disbanded after the report was filed.
The council last month voted to send the report to the U.N. General Assembly with the recommendation that the U.N. Security Council be asked to turn it over to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in the Hague to examine possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a host of Israeli officials and organizations have called on the United Nations to cancel the Goldstone Report after the former South African judge wrote in his Op-Ed that Israel did not intentionally target civilians as a policy during the Gaza War, withdrawing a critical allegation in the Goldstone Report released in September 2009.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Monday that Washington officials read Goldstone's Op-Ed "with great interest."
"We've made clear from when the Goldstone Report was initially presented and maintained ever since that we didn't see any evidence that the Israeli Government had intentionally targeted civilians or otherwise engaged in any war crimes," Toner told reporters. "And now that we see that Justice Goldstone has reached the same conclusion, and then also we believe that Israel has since undertaken credible internal processes to assess its own conduct of hostilities, and I think that's something that he acknowledged as well."
A spokesman for the British Foreign Office told The Jerusalem Post that it does not support a retraction of the Goldstone Report.
"Justice Goldstone has not made such a call, and he has not elaborated on his views surrounding the various other allegations contained in the report -- allegations which we firmly believe require serious follow-up by the parties to the conflict," a Foreign Office spokesman told the newspaper on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Yediot Achronot reported Tuesday that Goldstone has accepted an invitation from Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai to visit Israel and tour its southern communities, which have been besieged by Hamas rockets.
Yishai said he called Goldstone to thank him for his reassessment and to invite him to visit the country. Goldstone reportedly will visit Israel in July as a guest of Yishai.
Date: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 1:46 PM
her story sounds very, very convincing to me...
as does the story of the resurrection, the exodus, the easter bunny and the intelligent design/big bang creation of the universe...
In a recent article, notorious Zionist Alan Dershowitz reveals the scale of rejection he faced on his recent visit to Norway:
Ahead of his visit to the country, Dershowitz' lectures were offered (without any charge) at the three leading Norwegian universities. These universities, who on earlier occasions had been happy to host Harvard Scholar Stephen Walt and Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, clearly said 'no' to Dershowitz.
The Dean of the Law Faculty at Bergen University told Dershowitz that he would be honoured to have him present a lecture on the O.J. Simpson case -- as long as he was willing to promise not to mention Israel.
I guess that the message was clear -- while the Dean of the Law Faculty thought that his students may benefit from learning about the legal advocacy of a 'single murder suspect' -- he probably could not see any academic justification in educating them about the possible defense of a 'murderous collective' i.e. the Jewish State.
An administrator at the Trondheim school said that Israel was too 'controversial.' That is surely the most polite way possible to refer to a racist expansionist terrorist state -- The University of Oslo simply said "no" without offering any excuse.
But then the shekel dropped: "It was then", writes Dershowitz, "that I realized why all this happened. At all of the Norwegian universities, there have been efforts to enact academic and cultural boycotts of Jewish Israeli academics."
Did I miss something here? Dershowitz is not exactly even an Israeli -- he is, actually, an American Jew – so why should he regard himself as a 'victim' of the academic and cultural boycotts of 'Jewish Israeli academics'?