Goldstone report

Breathtaking, but will Goldstone silence the critics?

By Martin Bright, April 7, 2011

Richard Goldstone's partial recantation over his report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza should be a defining moment in the relationship between the British political class and Israel.

The judge's withdrawal of his claim that the IDF targeted civilians removes one of the central arguments for describing those who ordered the attacks as war criminals.


Israel calls for Goldstone report to be retracted

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

The Israeli government has called for an official retraction of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead in Gaza following Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that, contrary to his original report, Israel did not intentionally target civilians and the IDF had properly investigated any allegations of misconduct by its soldiers.


Judge Goldstone: Too little, too late

April 7, 2011

It is to Richard Goldstone's credit that he has now, a year and seven months after the publication of his eponymous report into Operation Cast Lead, changed his mind over its most damning and poisonous allegation.


Human Rights Council: Goldstone reversal just personal opinion

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that there were flaws in his report on Israeli military conduct in Gaza two years ago was just personal opinion, according to the UN committee that commissioned the probe.


Foreign Office still backing Goldstone Report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

The British Foreign Office has expressed continued support for the controversial Goldstone Report into IDF actions in Gaza two years ago, despite its author's recent statements questioning the findings.


Judge Richard Goldstone to tour Israel's rocket-hit south

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone has been invited to visit Israel, following his admission that he did not stand by his damning report on Israeli military conduct during the Gaza war.

According to Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Judge Goldstone has accepted the offer, which would include a tour of southern Israeli communities affected by the barrage of rockets from Gaza.


Judge Goldstone admits Gaza war report flawed

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Israeli politicians have called for the "immediate cancellation" of a UN report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza after its Jewish author retracted his "libel".


Acts like this destroy democracy

By David Newman, January 13, 2011

The delegitimisation of Israel reached a new peak last week with continued attacks on its democracy. But this time the damage was not done by private groups or foreign governments and anti-Israel lobbies. This time the worsening of its reputation as a state which values democracy and freedom of speech was caused directly by members of the Knesset.

No, not by Arab MKs critical of the occupation, but by extreme right-wing MKs, self-proclaimed super-patriots who falsely portray themselves as its defenders.


Time to hold these groups to account

By Gerald Steinberg, January 13, 2011

Politicised NGOs funded by European governments have powerful impacts on Israeli domestic politics and on the conflict. For many years, their influence was protected from debate but, last week, the Knesset voted to establish a committee to examine this controversial issue.

A credible and non-partisan evaluation of foreign government funding for political NGOs is long overdue. Whether the Knesset framework will meet these criteria remains to be seen.


NGO probe plan stirs up storm in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 13, 2011

The Knesset vote in favour of a parliamentary commission of enquiry into the foreign sources of finance for Israeli human-rights groups has caused a political storm, not only between the right and left but also within the ruling Likud party.