The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict

The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict

by Adam Horowitz
     
 

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The Goldstone Report is one of the most controversial UN reports ever published. It alleges that both Israel and Hamas committed atrocities during Israel's 2009 incursion into Gaza, with Israel aiming to "punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population." This characterization incited an uproar in Israel and abroad. Unfortunately, the controversy

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The Goldstone Report is one of the most controversial UN reports ever published. It alleges that both Israel and Hamas committed atrocities during Israel's 2009 incursion into Gaza, with Israel aiming to "punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population." This characterization incited an uproar in Israel and abroad. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the findings supplanted any real understanding of their implications. Edited by three progressive American Jews, The Goldstone Report contains analysis; commentary by Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein, and Rashid Khalidi, among others; and a context for debate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
American journalists Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss provide a comprehensive picture of the 2009 Gaza conflict in this abridged version of the UN Fact-Finding Mission's report on the Gaza Conflict commonly known as "the Goldstone Report." Much more than a simple paring down of the controversial original document, which recounts human rights abuses committed by both Israel and Hamas, this edition is enhanced by oral testimonies and essays from experts following the report's publication. The evocative oral testimonies describing limbs strewn about a bombed mosque and young girls shot in front of their father inject a harrowing human element to counterbalance the report's dispassionate tone. The additional essays, including Tutu's eloquent foreword, offer an array of thought-provoking perspectives on the validity of the report, the vehement debates it has generated, and its effects on judge Goldstone himself, who became the victim of "Jewish excommunication" for what some perceived as a betrayal of Israel. An essential read for those concerned with accurate documentation of historical events and nations' accountability for their treatment of civilians living in war zones. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews

An edited and annotated version of the controversial United Nations investigation into the recent Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip and reactions by mostly pro-Palestinian observers.

The result of a fact-finding mission commissioned by the UN and led by South African Justice Richard Goldstone to investigate potential war crimes committed by Israel during its Gaza attack in January 2009, the report has been heavily edited by American journalists Horowitz, Ratner and Weiss, introduced by Desmond Tutu and Naomi Klein, and is followed by 11 essays "that capture its ongoing impact." The Israeli government refused to cooperate—despite the report's finding that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority were complicit in crimes—and there is essentially one essay in Israel's defense, by Moshe Halbertal, who condemns the report as "biased and unfair" while urging Israel to respond to the allegations. The report is hard-hitting and grim, exposing for the world the horrendous conditions wrought by the years of Israeli occupation. Following three years of blockade of an already weakened Gaza and responding to suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism inflicted on southern Israel, the Israeli Defense Force swiftly moved into Gaza in late 2008 and deliberately destroyed houses, industry and agricultural land. At least 1,400 Palestinians were killed, approximately 900 of which were civilians, 300 children and 100 women. The report asserts that Israel's military operations were "designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity...[and] force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability." The report also addresses the deliberate attacks against the civilian population, the use of Palestinians as "human shields," internal violence by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and the suppression of dissent in Israel. Subsequently, the commentators—including Rashid Khalidi, Raji Sourani, Jerome Slater and Henry Siegman—discuss the report's acknowledgement of the "prolonged state of impunity" by Israel and the implications for international law, while Brian Baird recounts the systematic condemnation of the report by the U.S. Congress.

An eye-opening document and an urgent call for accountability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568586410
Publisher:
Nation Books
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Adam Horowitz is coeditor of Mondoweiss, a popular news site covering American foreign policy in the Middle East. He lives in New York. Lizzy Ratner, a former reporter for the New York Observer, writes for the New York Times and the Nation. Philip Weiss is the co-editor of Mondoweiss. He has written for the New York Observer, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper's.

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