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Gazan civilians were deliberately targeted
South African judge Richard Goldstone says he no longer believes Gazan civilians were deliberately targeted as a matter of Israeli policy during the war which left up to 1,400 Palestinians dead. An internal Israeli military investigation into 400 separate incidents found that Israel's military had only acted with misconduct in nine cases. The leaders of Hamas, who rule Gaza, Goldstone wrote, had done nothing to investigate their own actions.
Hamas’s response in Gaza has been much different. "His retreat does not change the fact war crimes had been committed against 1.5 million people in Gaza," said spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Goldstone's comments did not change a thing. "The report was as clear as the crimes that Israel committed during the war," he said, "The U.N. General Assembly should meet to debate the original Goldstone report."
Key findings in the U.N. report–that “Israeli armed forces had carried out direct intentional strikes against civilians” in eleven incidents examined in detail and that Israel destroyed civilian infrastructure like the Sawafeary chicken farm in a systematic and deliberate fashion–is muddied up by Goldstone’s claim that “civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy. ”This deliberate doctrine leads to the deaths of civilians and civilian infrastructure. The Lebanon war “resulted in at least 1,109 Lebanese deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians, 4,399 injured, and an estimated 1 million displaced,” according to a Human Rights Watch report. The examples are endless, but what they make clear is that the Israeli persecution of Palestinians documented.
Ted Rudow III, MA