Hamas: Goldstone report credible

2011-04-03 16:28

Gaza City - Hamas said on Sunday that a UN report deeply critical of Israel's deadly 2008-2009 Gaza offensive remained credible, even though its main author said he had been wrong to say troops targeted civilians.

Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Hamas had been "surprised" by the about-turn from South African judge Richard Goldstone, who said that information he had received since the report had been published indicated that Israel had not deliberately targeted civilians, a key charge of the report.

"Hamas is surprised ... by the position in which he retracted some parts of his report and supported the Israeli narrative," the statement said, recalling that Hamas had cooperated with the inquiry, while Israel had not.

"Hamas calls on the United Nations to enforce the provisions in the Goldstone report because it had become an international document," the statement said.

It said Goldstone did not now have the right to come and change the findings.

"It is not Goldstone's private property, as a team of international judges as well as Goldstone participated in developing it - apart from the fact that it relies on a number of documents and eyewitness testimony which increases the report's strength and credibility."

Goldstone said on Saturday that his assessment had also been changed by the fact that whereas Israel had thoroughly investigated the concerns raised by his panel, Hamas had not.

"If I had known then what I know now, the report would have been a different document," he wrote in a commentary piece in the Washington Post.

The report's findings had set the tone for widespread international condemnation of the Israeli assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza in which more than 1 400 people lost their lives, the vast majority of them Palestinians.

Hamas did not react to Goldstone's assertion that they had not investigated charges against them levelled in the report, which accused Hamas of deliberately targeting civilians with rocket fire.

  • Mac - 2011-04-03 17:31

    Half the truth is worse than a lie - What's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander - All depends on your bias

  • scud - 2011-04-03 17:51

    The Goldstone report was as credible as the tooth fairy. It took time,but they always say that the truth finally surfaces.

      Fazil - 2011-04-03 18:51

      Ok how do 1400 civilians die? white phosphorous? I suppose goldstone, living in teh US is beginning to feel the heat from the zionist lobby! Also associating with the Washington Post is like being with the neo-cons. Watch this space!

      CtheTruth - 2011-04-03 19:01

      Read Goldstone's actual retraction if you don't believe it:

      Observer - 2011-04-03 19:02

      Indeed. What is interesting is that it is Goldstone himself who is doubting it - have to give credit where it is due - it takes guts to admit you were wrong! The ironic thing is that certain people will, after having blindly accepted his incorrect version, now completely dismiss his about turn.

      za101 - 2011-04-04 00:44

      Israel had always intended to attack Gaza as Obama was coming to office in a few weeks time. They knew Obama was never going to tolerate Israeli attacks on arabs. Goldstone was attacked by his family and his community for speaking the truth. All this shows hos far pro-Israelis will go to oppress a man. This is what they do to Arabs everyday. They humiliate them. They oppress them emotionally.

  • Benzo - 2011-04-03 18:35

    Is Goldstone an Israel supporter?? Will the other team members come out of hiding and comment on this "fresh" revelations. Are these guys being paid for doing half a job. Why did Israel not cooperate?? Did they have to wipe out some evidence before sending Goldstone this new stuff. Did Israel send (or leaked) it to the other members of the committee as well??

      za101 - 2011-04-04 00:50

      I agree with you Benzo. Israel had 2 years to hide its evidence. Mr Goldstone is saying if I rob your house, and do my own investigation, and I say I am innocent, than I am innocent

  • slg - 2011-04-03 20:44

    Richard Goldstone is an intelligent, honest and credible person. His retraction of a part of the report in which he thought Israel deliberately attacked civilians is valid. He stands by the rest of the report, which states that Israel erred in launching the attacks. For the record, Richard is Jewish.

  • Arno Young - 2011-04-03 21:32

    Hamas is a terrorist entity. It requires the UN to enforce the Goldstone recommendations on Israel, but at the same time they show not even a token act of cooperation. As Richard Goldstone said: Indeed, our main recommendation was for each party to investigate, transparently and in good faith, the incidents referred to in our report. McGowan Davis has found that Israel has done this to a significant degree; Hamas has done nothing. Also about Hamas: That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets. And about Israel: they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy. Israel has been vidicated by their investigations. Clearly Hamas is not committed to peace (as its charter and actions states). Those who cannot condemn Hamas for its indiscriminate behaviour, lives by the same charter as Hamas, and are the enemies of peace.

      CtheTruth - 2011-04-03 22:42

      Well said!

      za101 - 2011-04-04 00:51

      Israel always planned to attack Gaza in the weeks before the Obama became president. This had nothing to do with Hamas and launching of rockets

      Arno Young - 2011-04-04 08:05

      @za101. It had everything to do with the rockets. If Hamas & co. did not fire them, then there would have been no reason for Cast Lead. Hamas & co pulled the trigger, even now they are violating the peace agreement, and are still firing rockets at civilians. And Israel indicated that they would not accept the continual escalation. No Obama needed. Hamas & co will bring it upon themselves.

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  • za101 - 2011-04-04 00:53

    The South African jewish community harassed and ostracized Mr Goldstone for 2 years. They should be ashamed of their actions, not proud of it. That is why he changed his report.

      V. Zela - 2011-04-04 07:28

      I wonder if you think before you post

      Jaimo - 2011-04-04 09:02

      The Israelies treat the Palestinians far better than their Arab neibours do - like they get work, medical care etc.etc If Hamas is going to shoot rockets from civilian quarters - Israel will shoot back - the GPS only picks up the point of attack - not the social circumstances at the attack point! za101 you should check your information source - it is twisted!

      nuclear - 2011-04-04 10:36

      Yes Jaimo, cutting water supplies just screams humanity! I was behind Goldstone when this report came out, & I'm behind him now. Fact is, he was discredited for this report as soon as it came out so a guy with a solid reputation was condemned & now his opinion (one way or the other) doesn't hold much sway. It's a sad situation when the few honest people left in the 'high' ranks are discredited for their honesty.

      JT4 - 2011-04-04 11:12

      He changed his report because at the time of drafting the report there was no involvement from Israel ... for whatever reason ... hence the report being deemed to be 1-sided

      WATCHMAN - 2011-04-04 13:18

      Nuclear: Israel has done a 1000 times more good for the Palestinians (Philistines) than they have ever done for Israel.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-04-04 13:00

    Hammas have been known to use there own people particularly women and children as human shields in hot spots of Gaza. Israel has often gone into these situations provoked by intensive rocket fire from Gaza to take out various rocket sights, which Hammas have placed wmen and children in, so that it looks like an inhumane act of aggression, discrediting them by the whole international community.

  • JT4 - 2011-04-04 14:41

    What never fails to amaze me is the amount of vitriol that gets leveled against Israel at the slightest provocation YET Yemen just murdered 15 of its citizens and there is not so much as a whisper from all these self-appointed bleeding heart liberals that post the most inance kak on these forums!

      Jaimo - 2011-04-04 14:59

      The biggest culprit is our own misguided and misinformed Bishop Tutu! Picks on Israel for the slightest, while there are 50 MURDERS/day in SA! While destitute penniless Zimbaweans walk our streets! While most Arab countries have NO democracy and some have had a state of emergentcy like Syria for 50 YEARS!!

      Maddy-CT - 2011-04-04 22:30

      Yes, the hypocrisy and double standards is nauseating.

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