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Israel to Gaza: It Didn’t Happen

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The Times reports that Israel plans to officially repudiate the notorious Goldstone Report which alleges, among other things, that Israel engaged in gross inhumanity during its January 2009 assault on Gaza. The report accuses Israel of “targeting Gaza citizens as a whole” and that the attack was designed to “humiliate and terrorize a civilian population”. Israel wantonly destroyed a UN school during the assault and indiscriminately bombed houses. The Goldstone report specifically reccomends Israel end its blockade of Gaza and award reparations for the damage it caused.

Israel was so furious at the report that it ranked it among the “top threats” to its national security, alongside nuclear war.

From The Times:

“We face three major strategic challenges,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently. “The Iranian nuclear program, rockets aimed at our civilians and Goldstone.”

At one point during the assault, Gaza’s sewage treatment was hit with a missile, spraying raw sewage everywhere. Naturally everyone assumed Israel was responsible – after all, who else has access to high-precision missiles? But they deny it, ludicrously alleging that the explosion “must have come from Hamas”, the erstwhile residents of Gaza who I can’t imagine enjoy the state of Gaza’s sanitation.

A second finding concerned the destruction of a wastewater plant, leading to an enormous outflow of raw sewage. The Goldstone report contended that it was hit by a powerful Israeli missile in a strike that was “deliberate and premeditated.” The Israelis say they had nothing to do with that plant’s collapse and suggest that it may have been the result of Hamas explosives.

The Goldstone report was open and transparent, so naturally a competing Israel investigation would have to conform to those standards. Well, maybe not:

Mr. Netanyahu and his government have not decided whether to submit the findings to independent scrutiny, as the Goldstone report specifies. They may do so in a partial way — by asking a group of nonmilitary Israeli jurists to examine the rebuttal but without power to recall witnesses, an approach favored by the military and those close to it.

If you don’t like the rules – change ’em!

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Written by pavanvan

January 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

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