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Shira’s note: Here’s a chance to do some research on the Goldstone’s Report.

 

Goldstone’s Reversal Highlights NGO Deceit

Judge Richard Goldstone’s opinion article in the Washington Post (April 3), reconsidering the accusations contained in the UN report on the Gaza war, marks a major change. He acknowledges that his “fact-finding mission had no evidence” for many of the allegations, particularly the odious claim that Israel intentionally targeted civilians “as a matter of policy.”
Goldstone’s article confirms the analyses documented extensively by NGO Monitor. Our reports demonstrate the degree to which the Goldstone report repeated the false allegations and biases of NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Adalah, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and Al Haq. Since then, these NGOs have used the Goldstone Report as a basis for legal actions against Israeli officials and campaigns against companies doing business with Israel, as well as lobbying for a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 

On the day of the Report’s release in September 2009, NGO Monitor published an initial analysis entitled “575 pages of NGO ‘cut and paste'”. Since then, we have issued numerous substantive and detailed analyses of the NGO component in the Goldstone process; these can be found at http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/goldstone_and_ngos.

All of these publications were distributed widely, including to journalists, academics that specialize on these issues, diplomats, and also to Judge Goldstone.

His reversal follows the action of Robert Bernstein, the founder of Human Rights Watch, denouncing the organization for its leading role in using moral language to “turn Israel into a pariah state.” The recognition of the need to review and reconsider the morality and validity of the Report reflects the core issues addressed by NGO Monitor and others.

Below is NGO Monitor’s press release in response to Goldstone’s Washington Post article. In it, we call on the NGOs that lobbied for the appointment of Judge Goldstone and were the main sources and advocates for the discredited report withdraw and revise their false allegations.

NGO Monitor’s statement, as well as interviews with Prof. Gerald Steinberg, have been featured in the Jerusalem Post, JTA, Washington Post (Jennifer Rubin’s blog), the New York Times, and elsewhere.

False Allegations by NGOs Rejected by Judge Goldstone

HRW, B’Tselem and other Goldstone promoters must immediately retract their statements on Gaza

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In response to Judge Richard Goldstone’s landmark article in the Washington Post, in which he retracted the main allegations of the “Goldstone Report,” watchdog group NGO Monitor calls on the NGOs that were his main sources to withdraw and revise their discredited claims.  NGO Monitor also notes that the Goldstone Report, published under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council in September 2009, has been used to justify a widespread campaign of demonizing Israel with false accusations of “war crimes” and demands for BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions).

“With Goldstone’s admission that ‘our fact-finding mission had no evidence’ and that ‘civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy,’ the politicized NGOs that supplied these allegations have been exposed again as biased and lacking credibility,” said  Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor. “Goldstone was misled by an orchestrated campaign led by powerful NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Adalah, Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and Al Haq. As NGO Monitor demonstrated when the report was released, the so-called ‘evidence’ provided by these groups was at the core of the political war against Israel. Goldstone was taken in by crude manipulation.”

Goldstone’s reversal is further evidence of the central role played by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in the exploitation of human rights and in promoting the bogus conclusions of the Goldstone Report. HRW employed Marc Garlasco, an obsessive collector of Nazi memorabilia, as its “senior military analyst” on the Gaza war. Officials also held a fundraiser with Saudi elites in Riyadh – not to expose the daily human rights violations in Saudi Arabia – but to bolster Garlasco’s “findings” on the conflict. Similarly, HRW embraced the Qaddafi regime and its supposed “Tripoli spring.”

Steinberg continues, “HRW has been at the forefront of demonization and distortions since the infamous 2001 Durban conference, and used its influence to promote Goldstone, who was on HRW’s board. The leaders of this organization’s Middle East division have a long history of involvement in hard-core anti-Israel advocacy. This immoral behavior led HRW’s founder, Robert Bernstein, to denounce his own organization, presaging Richard Goldstone’s reconsideration.”

Steinberg further notes, “Israeli NGOs funded by European governments and the New Israel Fund have also played a central role in advancing the one-sided agenda of repressive regimes at the UN Human Rights Council. They have continued to lobby at the U.S. Congress, European Parliament, and the Knesset. Goldstone’s Washington Post article has exposed these campaigns as nothing more than anti-Israel propaganda.”

For more information on NGOs and the Goldstone Report, see NGO Monitor’s extensive coverage at http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/goldstone_and_ngos.


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Shira’s note: This new entry echoes my sentiment from a previous blog on tolerance and education. The target of this piece is ignorance. The less ignorant we are when it comes to facts in the Israeli/Palestinian struggle, and the less anti-Semitism as a whole, the better we are as a society. It’s lengthy (as most of the articles in this blog) but if one were to put away inconveniences towards their bias, they would be more than willing to learn something new. As with all, I apply this to myself as well for I try to aspire to not being a hypocrite.

Following are excerpts from Education Minister Gideon Saar’s 4.4.11 remarks to the European Council of Jewish Communities European Jewish Education and Youth General Assembly, which was held in Paris.

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“I thank you for the privilege and the honor of inviting me to address such an important assembly.  With your permission, I would like to begin my remarks by referring to the article by one of our people, Judge Richard Goldstone, in the 1.4.11 edition of The Washington Post. Actually, more than refer to the author of the article, the mendacious report by the commission he headed and the change in his position, I would like to refer to the broader context of the affair. And the context is this: Israel’s right to self-defense, the attempts to either deny this right or to actively undermine it so deeply, and our obligation to uphold it in full. For eight years, missiles were fired at Israel, at its cities and communities, at its citizens and children in Sderot, in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and in Ashkelon. Even after Israel completely left the Gaza Strip in 2005, uprooted all of its communities and its citizens, and withdrew all of its military forces from there, the firing of rockets at Israel continued and even increased. The international community did not rise to the occasion and say: This is intolerable aggression that no country would countenance; these are real crimes.

The UN Human Rights Council, half of the decisions of which deal with Israel, woke up only after the Government of Israel sought to remove the threat, and allow normal life for its citizens and protect them. We saw the exact same phenomenon after limited military operations such as the seizure of the Mavi Marmara and the terrorists that were onboard. And who sought to investigate these “crimes”?  The esteemed members of the UN Human Rights Council such as Libya, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, countries that repress the human rights of their citizens, deny their basic rights and even shed their blood.  The fact is that anti-Semitism is not gone from the world. The new anti-Semitism has converted the de-legitimization of the Jewish People into the de-legitimization of the Jewish state. It is the obsessive preoccupation with Israel, a democratic state that seeks to defend itself in the heart of a region full of dictatorships, which trample the rights of their citizens. But what is happening on the streets of Syria does not bother the UN Human Rights Council.  And I would like to announce here, unequivocally: We will uphold Israel’s right to self-defense in full. We will not allow it to be attacked and we will not agree that the world apply to us rules that are different from those which apply to all other countries. We will uphold the one thing that no one gave us as a gift. And we will never, never relinquish that right, without which we would not exist. And I ask you – to stand with us, to stand together with us in this struggle! The key to our future is education, Jewish education. Jewish education – recognizing our roots – is the real source of our strength in coping with all of the problems and difficult challenges that we have yet to face. It is what safeguards our common values. Education is also the bulwark against assimilation in the Diaspora. We have two bulwarks that safeguard our existence and the future of our people: The State of Israel and Jewish education.

Knowledge of the history of the Jewish People, our great cultural heritage, the Bible and the Jewish library, the history of the Land of Israel and our Hebrew language – all of these are the real, time-tested foundations of our national strength, the strength which is demanded of us, and will continue to be demanded of us, in order to prevail against the great challenges before us.  Permit me to conclude with the sentence that we will say in another two weeks, at the Passover table: “Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem!” I announce here my intentions to hold a conference of educators from throughout the Jewish world on the issue of Jewish education – in Jerusalem.”