- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Arnaud de Borchgrave misrepresents the critique presented by Israel’s supporters against the much-trumpeted Goldstone Commission report (“No fix soon on Palestinian question,” Opinion, Oct. 26). The problem is not the barrister’s eminence, reputation, character or predilections toward self-hatred. The problem is that the report is sponsored by known violators of human rights.

Furthermore, it misstates the international law defining when territories are or are not occupied. Gaza is not, as purported, under any kind of rationally conceived Israeli authority; otherwise, the Gazan military campaign would have been superfluous. Consequently, Hamas can claim no “right of resistance.”

Last, the report defies clear video evidence in denying Hamas use of human shields even as it exploits chaperoned eyewitness testimony to portray civilians caught in crossfire as victims deliberately butchered because they were civilians.

Its excessive partiality undermines its credibility. Richard J. Goldstone’s methods, not psychology, are at issue.

PAUL FREEDMAN

Falls Church

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