Goldstone and the lies of the Smear Machine: No Accountability. For shame!

It’s nearly impossible to compile all of the profoundly shameful statements made by Israeli-Reputation-Gatekeepers against respected Jewish South African jurist Richard Goldstone and his report on Operation Cast Lead, last year’s Israeli war on Gaza. (Back then, MIT professor Nancy Kanwisher wrote about this under-appreciated but remarkable study she did on the ceasefires between Israel and Gaza, concluding,  “a systematic pattern does exist: it is overwhelmingly Israel, not Palestine, that kills first following a lull. Indeed, it is virtually always Israel that kills first after a lull lasting more than a week.”)

There’s Michael Jackson’s rabbi, Shmuley Boteach (and, presumably because of his sage advice to the singer, one of Newsweek’s top 50 rabbis) who said, “The Goldstone Report is a modern-day blood libel against the Jewish state.”

The Hudson Institute just called the report “the UN blood libel” while Alan Dershowitz, wanting to one-up his colleagues, likened Goldstone to the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. That, after he called him an evil, evil man. And as Hybrid States Yaniv Reich adds:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak described it as “false, distorted, and irresponsible“.  Information Minister Yuli Edelstein called it “anti-Semitic“.  Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said it “insidiously… portrayed the Jews as the deliberate murderers of innocents“.  Foreign Minister Lieberman argued that its true purpose “was to destroy Israel’s image, in service of countries where the terms ‘human rights’ and ‘combat ethics’ do not even appear in their dictionaries“.  And the US House of Representatives banded together in bipartisan harmony to pass a resolution (344–36) that called “on the President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration” of it.

For nearly a year now, vicious attacks on the Goldstone report and on Judge Goldstone himself have been the thing for Israel’s numerous apologists to do.

But now, partially because of pressure created by the Goldstone Report, the Israeli military, the IDF has released it’s own report. As Reich says:

There is just one not-so-minor problem with this knee-jerk criticism of the report and infinite stream of ad hominem libel against its main author.  A majority of the most damning—and damaging—war crimes that are alleged to have taken place have now been confirmed by the IDF’s own investigations into the matter, themselves only conducted in an effort to derail the Goldstone report’s referral to the International Criminal Court.

Reich has the details. A must-read.

Meanwhile, I suppose the Smear Machine has no more chance of being made accountable for their outrageous attacks than the still highly-paid US pundits who said the US war with Iraq would be a walk in the park.

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