Is There Really a Goldstone ‘Retraction’?

The big Israel-Palestine news of the weekis Richard Goldstone’s op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday (4/3/11). The short version you pick up from the media is that Goldstone has “retracted”his UN-sponsored report on war crimes during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead war in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009. The “retraction” language is fairly common–as in the New York Times headline (4/4/11),”Israel Grapples With Retraction on UN Report.” But is there any realretraction? Goldstone, a retired South African judge, chaired a four-person fact-finding commissioninvestigating crimes committed by both sides. As he explains in his Post column, the Israelis refused […]


Washington Post Bungles History of Gaza Blockade

In an article (8/10/10) on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s testimony to an Israeli panel investigating the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, the Washington Post gets the facts wrong on crucial history and context relating to the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Joel Greenberg writes: Netanyahu said that the naval blockade, imposed by the previous Israeli government in January 2009 during a military offensive against Hamas, was meant to prevent the smuggling of arms to the Gaza Strip, which he described as “a giant weapons depot and base for attacks on Israel.” He added that 12 ships had […]