Goldstone refuses to do ‘Teshuvah’

On April 4, 2011 – Israel-Firster Dr. Alan Dershowitz in an Op-Ed in Jewish daily FORWARD, entitled “Goldstone Needs To Do Teshuvah“, wrote: “The Goldstone Report did much harm by lending an aura of credibility to some of the most defamatory and false charges ever made against Israel and its defense forces. But the Jewish tradition of teshuvah, or repentance, demands that we look forward, not backward. It also demands that the person seeking teshuvah do everything in his power to right the wrong he has committed”.

However, South African Zionist Jew judge, Richard Goldstone, in an interview on April 5, 2011 – told Associated Press that he did not plan to seek nullification of his highly critical UN report on Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive in the Gaza Strip and asserted that claims to the contrary by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai were false.

Goldstone said that Yishai had called him on Monday to thank him for an op-ed piece published Friday in The Washington Post in which the judge wrote that new information had come to light that made him rethink his central conclusions.

Goldstone also added that aside from the one point he made in his op-ed, the Goldstone Report stands as written.

Eli Yishai invited Goldstone to visit Israel and deliver lectures at University Campuses. Goldstone had accepted the invitation to visist Israel by the end of this year. However, after his refusal to do ‘Teshuvah’ – Goldstone should consider that invitation canceled.

Israeli Human Rights Watchdog, B’Tselem had this to say on original findings of Goldstone Report and Israeli ‘joy’ on Richard Golstone’s earlier retraction: “The Goldstone report blamed Israel for the worst of crimes – the possible commission of crimes against humanity. It made this claim without any factual basis and without hearing Israel’s official version (in large part due to Israel’s miserable decision not to cooperate with the fact-finding mission). Since the publication of Goldstone’s retraction, Israeli officials conclude that all its actions were carried out in accordance with law. However, it is imperative to note that in operation Cast Lead Israel killed 758 Palestinian civilians who did not take part in the hostilities, 318 of them minors. In excess of 5,300 Palestinians were injured, more than 350 of them seriously. More than 3,500 houses were destroyed, and electricity, water, and sewage infrastructure was damaged. Gaza has not yet been rehabilitated from the unprecedented destruction it suffered”.

The UN Human Right Council (UNHRC) has announced that it is committed to the original text of the Goldstone Report. The British government said on Monday that it does not support calls for a retraction of the Goldstone Report because Richard Goldstone did not ask for that in his article published in the Washington Post, last Friday.

Professor IIan Pappe (University of Exeter) warned Richard Goldstone: “He (Goldstone) has not entered as yet the lunatic fringe of ultra-Zionism as Morris did (after his retraction, Morris became an extreme anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racist: suggesting putting the Arabs in cages and promoting the idea of another ethnic cleansing). But if he is not careful the future promises to be a pleasant journey with the likes of Morris, Alan Dershowitz (who already said that Goldstone is a “repentant Jew”) between annual meetings of the AIPAC rottweilers and the wacky conventions of the Christian Zionists. He would soon find out that once you cower in the face of Zionism — you are expected to go all the way or be at the very same spot you thought you had successfully left behind you.

And finally, why Goldstone betrayed the truth? Listen to an ex-Jewish blogger in the video below.

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