Goldstone report

UN criticises Goldstone Report response

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A United Nations panel has criticised Hamas for having “made no serious effort” in its response to the Goldstone Report.

The group of experts also called for Israel to do more to address the demands of the controversial document, compiled by Jewish judge Richard Goldstone following the UN investigation into Operation Cast Lead.

The panel said Israel should have investigated officials of more senior ranking and questioned the impartiality of both Israel and Hamas’ inquiries.

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Australian candidates battle for Jewish vote

By Dan Goldberg, August 19, 2010

A London-born, Oxford-educated Catholic who once trained to be a priest, or a Welsh-born, unmarried woman who is a self-confessed atheist?

That's the choice facing Australians - among them 110,000 Jews - this weekend in a federal election that polls predict will be a photo finish.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose bloodless coup toppled Labor leader Kevin Rudd two months ago, is pitted against Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party leader once nicknamed the "mad monk" after a slew of brutish remarks.

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Burchill gets the facts

By Cecily Woolf, August 12, 2010

Julie Burchill was among the 250 people who packed Brighton's Ralli Hall to hear "an idiot's guide to the Goldstone Report" by Israel Connect chair David Cohen. More potential audience members had to be turned away at the door.

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Soldier likely to be charged for Cast Lead deaths

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2010

An Israeli soldier is expected to be charged with manslaughter for the deaths of two people in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.

If the case goes ahead this will be the third time a soldier has gone on trial for offences during the January 2009 incursion.

IDF investigators have said they suspeect that the soldier, from the Givati regiment, broke Israel’s rules of engagement in firing at two Palestinian women.

A 35-year-old woman and her mother were killed as a result of the shooting, which was mentioned in the UN’s Goldstone report.

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Lord Trimble to oversee Israel's flotilla inquiry

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2010

Israel has said there will be an independent public inquiry into the clashes on the Gaza-bound flotilla in May.

Lord Trimble, who as David Trimble was First Minister of Northern Ireland, will be one of two foreign observers overseeing the commission, which will look into the events on board the Mavi Marmara ship. The other will be Ken Watkin, a retired Canadian general.

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United States vote against UNHRC Gaza motion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2010

The United States has voted against a resolution by a UN body condemning Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Italy and the Netherlands also voted against the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) document, while the UK abstained.

The Palestinian-sponsored resolution was passed by a majority of 32. It calls for Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza and for an independent probe into the incident.

The UNHRC previously instigated the controversial Goldstone Report into the 2009 Gaza war.

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Judge Goldstone removed from Hebrew University board

By Simon Griver and Simon Rocker, June 1, 2010

Judge Richard Goldstone has said he was unaware that the Hebrew University removed him from its board of governors until contacted by the Jewish Chronicle.

“This is the first I have heard about my position as a governor of the HU,” said the South-African born judge, who lead the United Nations investigation into Operation Cast Lead. “I feel confident that it is not correct and such action would not be taken without notice to me or the South African Friends of the Hebrew University.”

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Interview: Rachel Liel

May 21, 2010

Both sides in the public debate raging around the activity of the New Israel Fund (NIF) agree on one thing: this is a battle for Israel's soul.

The fund's detractors claim that the organisations funded by NIF are actively undermining Israel's security, supplying information to anti-Israel groups and calling for the indictment of senior Israeli officers and ministers on war crimes charges.

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Goldstone responds to 'death penalty' allegations

By Jessica Elgot, May 6, 2010

Judge Richard Goldstone has told the JC that his role as a judge in apartheid South Africa does not preclude him from judging war crimes.

Judge Goldstone authored the controversial UN report into Operation Cast Lead, which found both Israel and Hamas guilty of war crimes.

Israeli newspaper Yediot reported that, as a judge on the South African court of appeals in the 1980s-90s, he sentenced 28 black people to death, writing in one of his verdicts: "The gallows is the only deterrent for murderers". Other allegations were also published about his time as a judge in South Africa.

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Goldstone: Criticism of South African Jews hurt

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2010

Judge Richard Goldstone has met a delegation of South African community leaders, with whom he had agreed to hold a discussion in return for being able to attend his grandson’s barmitzvah unhindered.

Judge Goldstone, author of the controversial UN report into Operation Cast Lead, had originally agreed not to attend the barmitzvah, which took place this Shabbat. He came to an agreement with the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) and the Johannesburg Sandton Synagogue.

The SAZF had reportedly threatened to protest outside the shul should Judge Goldstone attend.

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