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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Writes in Defense of Goldstone Report

November 13, 2009

Last week, shortly following the rejection of the Goldstone Report by the vast majority of his compatriots in the U.S. House of Representatives, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter wrote an article in the New York Times defending the legitimacy of the Goldstone Report.  In the piece, Carter, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, praises Richard Goldstone, noting that he’s a world-renowned jurist, and accepts the main conclusion of the report published by the Goldstone’s U.N. fact-finding mission:  that the Israeli military deliberately targeted civilian areas during its winter massacre.  Carter mentions some of the long-standing restrictions on goods entering Gaza due to the ongoing blockade, and writes about the multitude of Gazans made homeless by the attack last winter.  Briefly contemplating the specter of the coming winter, he chastises both Israel and the international community for not having “taken steps to alleviate the Gazans’ plight.”  Though explicitly careful not to “ascrib[e] blame” to either the Israeli military or Hamas for the current predicament, he calls on the U.S. and the world at large to work so that the “rebuilding of Gaza be commenced […] without delay,” noting that “[t]he cries of homeless and freezing people demand relief.”

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