The second part of this two-part article explores two main themes: 1) How journalists and human rights NGOs created the body of information Goldstone largely replicated, and 2) the role of intimidation and advocacy on journalists, NGO workers, witnesses, and judges. It concludes with an analysis of how such a systematic misrepresentation of events repeatedly occurred and the dangerous results for the very cause Goldstone espouses–the protection of civilians and the human rights culture.
The first part of this two-part article explores the pervasive flaws that mar the UNHRC’s “Gaza Fact-Finding Mission Report.” It focuses on an interlocking combination of problems: 1) its failure to investigate seriously the problem of Hamas embedding its war effort in the midst of civilians in order to draw Israeli fire and then accuse Israel of war crimes; 2) its astonishing credulity concerning all Palestinian claims, contrasted with a corresponding skepticism of all Israeli claims; 3) its harsh judgments on Israelis for war crimes (i.e., deliberate targeting of civilians), contrasted with its resolute agnosticism concerning Hamas intentions. The result is that Goldstone actually participates in Hamas’ strategy and encourages the sacrificing of their own civilians.
Volume 12, No. 3 – September 2008, Total Circulation 25,000 Article 7 of 7 FORWARD TO THE PAST: THE FALL AND RISE OF THE ‘ONE-STATE SOLUTION Jonathan Spyer* Deeply embedded in Palestinian nationalism is the notion that Israeli Jewish identity is analogous to that of communities born of European colonialism, which are not […]
Volume 8, No. 1 – March 2004 JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ISRAELI ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AGAINST TERRORISM: TEMPORARY DEPORTATION OF PALESTINIANS FROM THE WEST BANK TO GAZA By Kenneth Mann To discourage would-be Palestinian suicide bombers, the Israeli government initiated a policy of ordering family members of those involved in terrorism to move temporarily from the West […]
Volume 6, No. 3 – September 2002 PALESTINIAN ECONOMY, SOCIETY, AND THE SECOND INTIFADA By Ariel BenYishay This article analyzes the Palestinian economy and related social issues during the 1990s which played a role in the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000. After an initial “honeymoon” period, […]
Editor’s Summary: The outbreak of a new Palestinian uprising (intifada) in September 2000 is analyzed by examining Palestinian perceptions and activities. This article discusses the causes of this development, analyzes Palestinian strategy, and talks of differing Palestinian and Israeli views on the course of the peace process. It also discusses the standpoints of leaders and of […]