The shame of it all is that Justice Richard Goldstone is Jewish. He's the U.N. South African that is responsible to the report that falsely accused Israel of wrong-doing after Operation Cast Lead when Israel finally tried to put a stop to 6 years of thousands of mortars and rockets that were shot into Israel. He himself racked up a terrible record of being apartied. He was a judge that condemned blacks to be whipped and hung. He was responsible for sending 28 to the gallows this way. A writer in South Africa said that if you are hostile to Israel, you are fogiven for everything, so that must mean that he's gleaning favor among his peers by castigating Israel by showing them that Jews are not necessarily supportive of Israel.
South Africa has become very anti-Israel to the point where a city with a high Jewish population has to be very guarded. Goldstone has gone out of his way to disassociate himself with Israel. Their largest trade union was seeking to boycott Israel. Desmond Tutu is highly critical of Israel. This country was the one to select for bringing up recriminations against Israel. It was already a done deal.
Col Desmond Travers was selected to do a lot of the questioning in Gaza for their report. He was not professional at all in his investigations. For instance, it's well known that the terrorists hid ammunition in mosques and Israel has pictures to back up their claim. However, Travers checked out only two and then wrote his report saying the charges were due to Western perception that in some quarters that Islam was a violent religion. Shame on us! He wouldn't look at the Zaytun Mosque saying he didn't believe the "spurious photgraphs". '
He questioned Palestinians in the Gaza Strip but not like a military advisor such as finding out if they were members of a terrorist organization or were combatants. His lack of questioning, such as asking men straight out if their homes had been used to store ammunitions only reflected his bias.
Travers was one of only 4 men from the UN Fact Finding Mission who produced the "Goldstone Report that covered Israel's counter attack from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009. He had been with the Irish Defense forces in 1961, retiring after 40 years.
Finally, the London Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Economist have criticized the Goldstone Report. It shows a bias against Israel's army, the Israel Defence Forces; has given false information reported about weapons systmes, gave completely inaccurate data, and were not professional in conducting investigations.
When British officers were defending Israel's claims, Travers felt that they were influenced by Jewish lobbyists. It was obvious that he was motivated by his own antii-Semitic prejudices. Goldstone walked out of the room when Col. Richard Kemp testified that Israel had done everything in their power to protect civilians in Gaza." Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare".
The IDF polices its own by holding an investigation. They interviewed 550 leaders in the IDF. Note that this stands for Israel DEFENCE Forces. They are not practicing offenses. Israelis cannot leave the country for fear of being arrested for war crimes as a result of this Goldstone Report.
I can only wish the worst on Travers and Goldstone. I hope both of them lose all their teeth but one, and in that one lone tooth I hope the worst sort of pain. What they have done to Israel is a huge crime. It has given terrorists ammunition to attack Israel. The recent episode that almost happened in Seattle where a Palestinian group tried to pay to have 12 buses carry anti-Israel propaganda ads for a month was obviously propogated by such a declaration as the Goldstone Report of chastisement. Anti-Semites climb out of the woodwork at the slightest provocation.
http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates?ShowPage.asp?DBID=I&LNGID=1&TMID=111 by Dore Gold and Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Halevi