Dora McPhee (VIC) responds to Rabinovich’s article “Israel bid to scuttle war crime report” The Australian 19Sep09 September 19, 2009

The Australian: “Israel bid to scuttle war crime report” by Abraham Rabinovich, The Australian, 19Sep09

It is clear a massacre happened in Gaza and it is to Justice Richard Goldstone’s credit that he did not let his support for Israel stand in the way of carrying out his UN mandated investigation. The furious reaction of Israeli officials to Goldstone’s report steers well clear of actually dealing with the contents of his report. Not a single allegation the report makes is actually refuted by the Israeli government. Israel did everything in its power to hinder its progress and now is seeking to demonise it. But the criminality of what happened in Gaza has been established by numerous reports each coming to the same conclusion that there is a case to answer.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, using the argument that the world should oppose its findings that formal charges should be brought because other countries will also find themselves similarly charged highlights the hypocrisy of a “one rule for them and another for us” world we are increasingly coming to accept as the norm. It is to be hoped that finally the impunity with which Israel has oppressed the Palestinians for the last six decades, culminating in what happened and is still happening in
Gaza – with the inhumane siege and blockade, will be coming to an end. If not it is dark days ahead for everyone.

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