Tuesday, April 19, 2011

An open letter to members of the Goldstone mission who have "turned"

This is excerpted from an open letter from Maurice Ostroff to members of the UN Fact-finding mission to Gaza Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers. Click here for the complete letter.

April 18, 2011

I am astonished by the report in the Guardian of April 14 that, in response to Judge Goldstone's recent oped in the Washington Post, you have "turned on him", accusing him of misrepresenting facts in order to cast doubt on the credibility of your joint report. It is regrettable that you did not explain what facts you accuse him of misrepresenting, so that the reader can reach an informed opinion. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/14/un-gaza-report-authors-goldstone)

I trust you will agree that every intellectually honest person will willingly review previously held convictions if and when relevant new evidence becomes available. To his credit, that is exactly what Judge Goldstone has done.

By contrast, your evident inflexible belief in the immutability of every sentence in your 500-plus page Report reflects an attitude reminiscent of those who refused to look at the evidence presented by Galileo and condemned his heliocentrism as contrary to Scripture.



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