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Jewish Appeal to Support the Goldstone Report

Goldstone and the report have been viciously and relentlessly attacked by many within the Jewish community.

Richard Goldstone
Richard Goldstone
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(GAZA CITY, Occupied Palestine) - The primary author of the recently released UN Report on Gaza, the internationally respected jurist Richard Goldstone, has been attacked by establishment voices within the Jewish community. When those within a community try to “excommunicate” and dishonor a truth-teller, it is our obligation and responsibility to speak out vehemently on their behalf and on behalf of the truth they bring.

By all accounts, Judge Goldstone, who has a deep connection to Israel, approached his task with no pre-conceptions about what he and his team would find as they investigated the circumstances and aftermath of the Israeli attack on Gaza. Goldstone is a former South African constitutional law court judge who also served as a prosecutor of the Yugoslav and Rwandan war crimes tribunals. His credentials for this task are impeccable.

For following where the truth led him and releasing a report detailing human rights abuses and violations of international law by Israel, as well as Hamas, Judge Goldstone should be applauded for his honesty and integrity. Instead, he and the report have been viciously and relentlessly attacked by many within the Jewish community.

When it comes to Israel, hard-core censorship and intimidation by those claiming to speak in the name of the Jewish people have been the order of the day. Our saying, "Three Jews--four opinions," reflects the traditional Jewish encouragement to argue and debate. But the reality, sadly, is that diverse opinions are welcome--except when it comes to Israel.

We must hold the Israeli government and the Jewish establishment accountable for attempting to vilify a truth-teller and for suppressing the truth about Israeli government crimes against the Palestinian people. We call upon each and every one of us to speak out at every opportunity--at our community centers and synagogues, in our homes, in the street, wherever we go.

We must demand that the truth be heard and that those claiming to speak in our name stop manipulating truths that have been well-documented for years, long before the Goldstone report. We are also appalled by the Obama Administration’s reaction to the report. We call for a fair and impartial investigation of the report’s allegations by non-military institutions in Israel. Failing that, we call for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Let us begin the New Year in the pursuit of justice.

This is an appeal for Jews to make a strong showing in support of the Goldstone report - within 24 hours. PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME AND ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTIFICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: jewssayno@gmail.com

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STOP THE INSANITY February 28, 2010 2:39 pm (Pacific time)

The Zionists thought that they had it made when an Israeli was the chief investigator...but, alas for them, he told the truth. Now, they are scared. I feel sorry for them keeping a straight face while spewing lies in the face of truth while the world watches. It's laughable to hear the same hackneyed phrases over and over again, "human shields', 'security', "terrorism'. The world KNOWS. The zionists are making big blunders and their glass house is about to shatter.

Erna Paris October 6, 2009 12:27 pm (Pacific time)

This is the first call for action from Jews who do not support the name-calling that I have seen. Goldstone is a humanist and a believer in the rule of international law. He needs to be defended by all who share his commitment to a world where justice prevails over politics.

By the way, the link you provide in your appeal is broken...

Editor: Erna, that should be fixed now, thanks for pointing it out!

gp October 6, 2009 4:13 am (Pacific time)

Give me a break xexon! Either you had a brain fart or you don't know what you are talking about.Goldstone is pilloried for speaking the truth.The zionists hate the truth, they smear anyone who questions them,rather like a thirteen year old or a Rush Limbaugh.When these low brow, evil people are met with unbendable truth, they just say any dang thing nasty,change the subject from a discussion of facts and attack with name calling.

xexon October 5, 2009 8:22 pm (Pacific time)

Establishment voices? You mean zionists? First, there is no such thing as a "Jewish people". Jews are people who follow Judaism. A religion. They are not and have never been a people or race. Zionism says differently however. Oddly enough, the nazis agreed with them. Ever wondered what happened to the nazis we didn't catch? You'd be amazed at how many found a new life hiding in plain sight in a new country called Israel. The nazis are back, and the 4th reich is on the rise in Israel. The Goldstone report is merely reporting what you would expect from nazis. x

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