Posts tagged with 'idf'

Reconsidering the Goldstone Report

Posted by Shapiro Ron on April 3, 2011 @ 1:37 am

On Friday, Justice Richard Goldstone, Chair of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, wrote an article in the Washington Post, discussing how recent information that has been released by Israel would have changed the outcome of the Goldstone Report from September of 2009. Below are a couple interesting quotes from the report:

“While the investigations published by the Israeli military and recognized in the U.N. committee’s report have established the validity of some incidents that we investigated in cases involving individual soldiers, they also indicate that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy.

“Although the Israeli evidence that has emerged since publication of our report doesn’t negate the tragic loss of civilian life, I regret that our fact-finding mission did not have such evidence explaining the circumstances in which we said civilians in Gaza were targeted, because it probably would have influenced our findings about intentionality and war crimes.

-Richard Goldstone
Chair of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict

The full text can be read here.


Where are the moderates?

Posted by jonathanhuberman on March 4, 2011 @ 10:36 am

C-SJP misrepresents the views of moderate Palestinians.

Courtesy: Amalia Rinehart, Columbia Spectator

This was featured in the Columbia Spectator on Friday, March 4, 2011.  It was written by Jonathan Huberman, LionPAC Director of Public Relations.

During Israeli Apartheid Week, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestinehas once again offensively exploited a historical tragedy. No rational person can deny the plight of the Palestinians, and no moral person can ignore their suffering. However, labeling Israel as an apartheid state grossly distorts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and belittles the suffering of South African apartheid victims. If Apartheid Week has proven anything, it has shown that C-SJP misrepresents the moderate majority of Palestinians and works against a peaceful two-state solution.

Israel is a democratic, multi-ethnic country that upholds equal rights for all of its citizens. Minorities comprise 20 percent of Israel’s population, and they enjoy the same civil liberties as any Israeli. Israeli-Arabs vote in Israel’s democratic elections and hold seats in Israel’s parliament. An Israeli-Arab, Salim Jubran, is a judge on Israel’s Supreme Court, and other Israeli-Arabs have served as deputy speakers of the Israeli parliament. Not surprisingly, a recent poll showed that 40 percent of Israeli-Arabs living in East Jerusalem would rather relocate their homes and maintain Israeli citizenship than join a Palestinian state. In contrast to citizens of other Middle Eastern nations, Israeli-Arabs enjoy greater political freedom and opportunity in Israel than they would in any other Arab country.

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LionPAC Presents: Voices of the IDF

Posted by Shapiro Ron on March 1, 2011 @ 7:32 am

Tired of reading about the Israeli army (IDF) on TV and in the paper? Interested in hearing from those who have actually served in the IDF? Now’s your opportunity to hear directly from soldiers about their first-hand experiences and perceptions of the IDF.

As part of Hillel Israel Va’ad’s “Separating Fact from Apartheid” week, LionPAC is pleased to host a panel of 4 former IDF soldiers to shed insight into the often-misconstrued and misrepresented Israeli Defense Forces.

FREE KOSHER PIZZA WILL BE SERVED. Thank you to Garin Lavi for cosponsoring. If you have any questions about the event or LionPAC in general please contact lionpac@hillel.columbia.edu.