Goldstone challenges the U.S. government to explain opposition to Report
Posted by rabbibrian on October 23, 2009
Yesterday the New York Times reported that Judge Goldstone had challenged the U.S. government to explain it’s “deep concerns” about his Report on Gaza. On the rabbinic call on Sunday night (see my previous two posts), Judge Goldstone pointed out that Israel, the U.S. government and the many critics of the Report either attack him personally or use terms like the Report is “deeply flawed.” None of them address the extensive details in the Report of outrageous violations of international law.
I wrote the following letter to the editor of the New York Times this morning.
To the Editor,
Critics of Judge Goldstone’s report on Gaza have consistently ignored the substantive claims in his report (“Gaza Report Author Asks U.S. to Clarify Concerns” October 22,2009).
In a recent phone conference with American rabbis, Judge Goldstone described his shock when he saw the devastation in Gaza. He asked the rabbis on what basis was the one American school in Gaza razed to the ground? On what basis does one plow up and bulldoze huge tracts of agricultural land, bomb the water works, destroy the only flour factory, destroy thousands of houses? And so on.
It is not good enough for the American government to call the report “deeply flawed” without addressing the detailed substantive description of the devastating attack on the infrastructure of Gaza during the war, not to mention the number of civilians, including hundreds of children, who were killed.
Rabbi Brian Walt
Co – Founder Ta’Anit Tzedek Jewish Fast for Gaza