At long last, Goldstone finally admits he was WRONG!


By Robert Snodgrass
April 2, 2011
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Please read this article from the Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=214866

“If I had known then what I know now,” he writes in the first extraordinary paragraph of his mea culpa, “the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.”

Unfortunately Robert, as said by James Callaghan, "a lie could be half way around the world before the truth has got its boots on". The damage caused by the Goldstone report is irreversible. As a Jew he has betrayed his people.

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Leah

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 15:08

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Actually, he is a traitor to humanity.


Advis3r

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 15:43

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From the report cited by Lukas
"The position of the Government of Israel is that following the implementation of its ‘disengagement plan’ in 2005, Israel’s effective control over the Gaza Strip ceased, and, therefore, it is no longer bound by the laws of belligerent occupation. Israel also maintains that it has no obligations under international human rights law towards Gaza’s population. This position, however, is not shared by the international community, including the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross."
Note the report does not say International Law but some thing called the "international community". You see where Israel is concerned some nebulous creation called the international community which can be whatever the majority in the UN can want it to be is the law. However the actually law says differently.
Article 42 of the Hague Convention states that:
Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army.
The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.
So first, the area has to be under the actual control of the hostile army - it is not. Second, the area was previously the sovereign territory of another state - Gaza was never annexed by Egypt so the second condition was never satisfied. Third, the occupier holds the area with the purpose of returning it
to the prior sovereign - it does not Hamas holds the Gaza strip otherwise why was Israel obliged to enter Gaza to carry out operation Caste Lead and there was no previous sovereign.
Given that Israel left Gaza in 2005 and Hamas exercises de facto and de jure control over Gaza where's the "occupation". It seems where Israel is concerned International Law is suspended.
It would therefore seem that, under the definitions currently advanced for “occupation,” Israel lacks the power to end its occupation. Rather, having once attained the status of occupier, that status continues until such time as the occupied territory attains international recognition of sovereignty. In the case of Iraq,for example such international recognition need not be dependant on any actual change in the factual circumstances that constitute an occupation or that justify the application of humanitarian law. Until such time as the community of nations shows itself willing
to accept a sovereign Hamas-led Gaza into its midst, or Gaza reverts to the effective control of the Palestinian Authority, it would seem therefore that the Israeli occupation that may never have begun, cannot ever be brought to an end.


Joe Millis

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 15:52

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Advis3r, the occupation of Gaza exists in the fact that for all intents and purposes Israel controls what goes on there. It controls the sea and air borders and it controls what goes in and out, through its own border and through its agreement with the Egyptians about what is allowed to pass through at Rafah.
This is a problem caused by Israel's unilateral withdrawal, which left a vacuum. The withdrawal was also not an altruistic act, since Dov Weisglass made it clear that it was intended to place the peace process in formaldehyde. Unilateral moves such as that, a non-negotiated Palestinian declaration of statehood or building more houses in the occupied territories are essentially futile acts which will lead only to more misery and conflict.


Leah

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 17:23

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Acc. to Millis, Egypt is a puppet of Israel ... beyond parody.

The so-called 'occupied territories' have only one legitimate sovereign holder, namely Israel. Rabid haters like Millis want them to be Judenrein. Won't happen.

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