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What Justice Goldstone Heard

As a follow-up to “What Justice Goldstone Knew and When He Knew It,” I have posted at Jewish Current Issues the texts of the opening statements (as prepared for delivery) of Peter Berkowitz and Abraham Bell at the March 28 Stanford Law School debate, as well as the rebuttal that Berkowitz prepared for delivery. Stanford has posted a video of the debate, which includes the statements made by Goldstone at the event.

Taken together, the Berkowitz/Bell statements are a concise and powerful indictment of the Goldstone Report—one that Justice Goldstone heard firsthand at Stanford three days before he published his now-famous Washington Post op-ed, in which he stated the Report would have been different if he had known what he knows now.

A lot has been written about the Goldstone Report; these two statements, precisely because they are short and were delivered orally, communicate the fundamental problems with the Goldstone Report in a manner that even its author could not ignore.


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