by Alan M. Dershowitz
Richard Goldstone, the primary author of the infamous Goldstone Report, is now trying to distance himself from the way in which the report is being used to single out
Goldstone, as usual, is trying to have it both ways. The truth is that the report itself barely criticizes Hamas. Indeed, the summary—which was intended as a press release—is replete with condemnations against
Goldstone did the same thing when he told the Jewish Daily Forward, "that his group had not conducted "an investigation," but rather a "fact-finding mission" based largely on the limited "material we had." Since this "material" was cherry-picked by Hamas guides and spokesmen, Goldstone acknowledged that "if this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven." He emphasized to the Forward that the report was no more than "a road map" for real investigators and that it contained no actual "evidence," of wrongdoing by
That is certainly not what the report itself says. The report repeatedly accuses
In his recent press offensive, Richard Goldstone complained that many of his critics have not read the report, have not responded to its conclusions, and are resorting to attacks on the credibility of those who are responsible for producing it. In an interview, not surprisingly, with Al Jazeera, Goldstone said the following: "I have yet to hear from the Obama Administration what the flaws in the report that they have identified are, I would be happy to respond to them if and when I know what they are." He continued "I have no doubt, many of the critics—the overwhelming majority of critics—have not read the report, and, you know what proves that, I think, is that the level of criticism does not go to the substance of the report."
This of course misses the point. Many of the most severe critics have studied the report in detail and have focused on specific errors. As far as I know, Goldstone has not responded to any of these substantive criticisms. Moreover, there is a good reason why there has been so much focus on Goldstone himself and others on his commission, as well as on the source of the report, namely the UN Council on Human Rights. First, as to Goldstone: The only reason anyone has given any credence to yet another report of the obviously biased Human Rights Council is because Goldstone was its chairman. As the Associated Press reported recently,
If Goldstone wants a debate on the merits and demerits of his report, I am ready and willing to debate him. I await his reply.
Alan M. Dershowitz
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