Goldstone recants. Now What?

"If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document."

I won’t go as far as Moment Magazine and say that Richard Goldstone pulled a 180, but I will say he turned at least 90 degrees…

For those of you who missed it, Richard Goldstone, former chair of the U.N. Human Rights Commission fact finding mission that assessed the 2008/9 Gaza War, just admitted in The Washington Post that Israel is not in fact the scum of the universe, nor did it purposefully target civilians.  Hamas, on the other hand, is far from awesome…

The damage of Goldstone’s original report, can’t be fully undone.  But we can make some ameliorative efforts.  One such step forward is getting the United Nations to recognize Goldstone’s change in position.  The best option I’ve seen to quickly contribute to the cause is to sign this letter sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Here’s the letter:

I join with the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its 400,000 worldwide supporters in urging you to publicly endorse Judge Richard Goldstone’s retraction of The Goldstone Report whose key allegation was that Israel targeted civilians in Gaza during the 2009 war with Hamas.
We further ask you to inform all members of the UN General Assembly of his retraction.  We also urge you to call on the UN Human Rights Council Chief Navi Pillay and UNHRC members to block any further action based on the erroneous charges in what is now seen by the author as a fundamentally flawed document.
The Goldstone Report has caused inestimable and continuing damage to the international standing of Israel and her supporters around the world. Judge Goldstone has now publicly disassociated himself from his own report. The United Nations should do no less.