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Who Is Goldstone to Judge Israel?
Yediot Ahronoth's Hebrew site reports that that Judge Richard Goldstone sent 28 black South Africans to their death when they appeared before his court during the apartheid era.
And now that Yediot and the blogosphere is asking, "Who is Goldstone to judge Israel with his one-sided report on the Gaza war," the jurist's response is adding fuel to the fire.
First, the Yediot investigation, which will be published in full on Friday. Jerusalem Central (via Israel Matzav) provides details:
According to Yediot's findings, Goldstone confirmed the death sentences of at least 28 accused blacks, who had appealed their sentences, most of them for murder, and he expressed his support for death sentences in his decisions as well, as he wrote in the case of a young black man who was sentenced to death for killing the white owner of a restaurant after he fired him: "The death penalty needs to reflect the demands of society to take retribution for the crimes that people see, justifiably, as horrifying".
Goldstone, "declared that the gallows were the only punishment of deterrent in these cases", and wrote: "Fury is a relevant factor in the imposition of a suitable punishment".
Whoa! An internationally acclaimed jurist says that fury is a "relevant factor" in choosing a suitable punishment? Sounds, uh, disproportionate. If an Israeli judge were make such an assertion, can you imagine the outrage of the UN Human Rights Council, or Human Rights Watch?
Goldstone responded by telling Haaretz he was a good boy following orders:
"The law at the time stated that when there were aggravating circumstances, the death penalty was obligatory," he said. "The regrets I have now are the same that I had at the time. I have not changed my position on this. It was unpleasant to be involved in capital punishment - then and now. And I've always been against the death penalty. But when I accepted the position to the bench I had to honor the oath of office."
There's a rotten smell of hypocrisy here. Just yesterday, Goldstone dug in his heels at The Guardian's Comment is Free section:
It would have been hypocritical for me to continue to speak out against violations of international law and impunity for war crimes around the world but remain silent when it came to Israel simply because I am Jewish.
No. Goldstone's hypocrisy was in being an active participant -- however squeamish -- in a process that unfairly sent black men to their death, then sanctimoniously condemning Israel for defending itself from eight years of rocket attacks.
Yediots full report tomorrow is sure to have people scrambling, so stay tuned.
UPDATE May 6: See the Jewish Chronicle for Judge Goldstone's reax to Yediot.
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The question is how does South Africa rational this?
next they're going to say "AHA - goldstone likes the death penalty an all that - THAT'S WHY HE LET ISRAEL OFF THE HOOK SO EASILY"
Some Jews seem to think they have a particular license, let alone responsibility, to attack Israel.
I think they are kidding themselves. I think they attack Israel as a means of attaining a free pass into the larger, antisemitic, world. They are saying,
"I'm not one of THOSE Jews, I'm a good Jew." I think they are kidding themselves. They'll never be free.
JEWISH JUDGES ARE ALWAYS USED TO WILLIFY JEWS...SO IT WAS DURING THE INQUISITION, COMUNISM, U.S.(ROSENBERG TRIAL)AND NOW THE "COLDSTONE " FIASCO..
Sometimes we are ourown worst enemies...Arnold Friedman
It's shows that Goldstone adapted himself to the the circumstances and expectations no matter right or wrong.
He was expected to approve death penalty and he was expected to crucify Israel, he did well with both.
Now, I wonder when he will regret his part in the The new Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Why is it that Goldstone's apology sounds like Eichman's explanation during the Eichman trial.Goldstone "had to honour the oath of office".One could say that Goldstone had a choice,he didn't live under totalitarian regime like many other political criminals.
Bravo Mr Goldstone! Now you have convinced me who an honourable person is!You might even qualify for the Nobel Prize. I am sure you'll find many supporters among the nations that were happy to read your report that accused Israel of Crimes against Humanity.
It would appear Mr. Goldstone has a long history in being a lackey..We should stress what he should have written and less of what he did write.
"Hanging judge" Goldstone's life-long collaboration with the racist anti-human Apartheid regime in South Africa evidences his opportunist, moral turpitude. Modern Western history has much to say about willing collaboration with evil regimes, Goldstone's contribution to sustaining Apartheid Justice in South Africa is well documented. Consequently, his bloated tendentious "report" can be consigned to the trash heap of history.
I agree in particularly with Arnold Friedman (May 6, 2010) and add the word I attributed to Goldstone "KAPO" - of the worst kind at that! because the poor wretched Kapos in the camps did so essentially to save their lives. What's his story... Virtue?