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Hardly a sham

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, April 9, The Aspen Times printed a column written by one Jonathan Gurwitz entitled “The Goldstone Report is a sham.” “Sham,” in my dictionary, is defined as, ” …something false or empty; a trick or a fraud.”

The Goldstone Report is a massive, thorough, detailed report mandated by the United Nations to “…assess in an independent and impartial manner all human rights … violations” committed during the winter 2008-2009 assault on Gaza.

Judge Richard J. Goldstone was appointed by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to lead a group of four on a fact finding mission to Gaza. The other members were: Christine Chinkin, professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London; Ms. Hina Jilani, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Desmond Travers (colonel retired from the Irish Armed Forces), member of the board of directors of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations. This team was supported by a staff of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

I ask myself: Would these internationally known and respected people cooperate in a sham investigation and report? I think not.

Israel refused to cooperate with Judge Goldstone in his investigation on the ground in Gaza, which obviously gave it the opportunity to criticize his work freely, yet without first hand knowledge or evidence.

No, Mr. Gurwitz, the Goldstone Report is not “a lethal error, a sham document,” it is a serious report arrived at by serious investigators. Israelis and Israeli supporters need to read it and meditate on it.

Peter Larrowe