So the biggest, latest Jews news is the Goldstone Report, which accuses Israel of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity in the December-January Gaza defensive. It “found” that Israel “punished and terrorised” civilians, failing to take precautions to minimize loss of life. The 575-page document also “cited strong evidence Israeli forces committed ‘grave breaches’ of the Geneva Convention.” The investigation by UN Human Rights Council investigator Richard Goldstone concluded that the “UN Security Council should refer Israel — if it fails to probe crimes properly — to the International Criminal Court” within six months.
Every Jewish outlet in the world is on the ball in counter-attacking the report by Goldstone. But if they had been on the ball in the 1990s, they wouldn’t have to be dealing with the name Goldstone today.
Isn’t it something the way the samenames that helped dismantle Yugoslavia and Serbia seem to be resurfacing to dismantle Israel? All the names that fingered Serbia as it dealt with terror are giving Israel the same trouble. They and their credibility and careers could have been demolished, these people stopped in their tracks, if anyone gave a damn about Western machinations in the Balkans. Instead they’re coming back to haunt more than just the Serbs.
My Jews, if only that famous give-a-damn radar of yours made it to the Balkans, and found it worthwhile to check out what was actually going down in Bosnia in the 90s, then the name Goldstone might have started and ended in the Balkans, discredited and disgraced before it could do damage elsewhere — this time to Jews.
What is Goldstone’s connection to Bosnia? Well, it took a different kind of Jew to care to dig that up, to bother to look at Balkan precedents and their implications for Israel. It takes an Israeli, and an Israeli news organization or two. Here it is, from Arutz Sheva (Israel National News):
(IsraelNN.com) Judge Richard Goldstone, whose recent United Nations Human Rights Council investigation purported to find evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza, once indicted a fictional Serbian character and a dead man for war crimes as well. As in Gaza, those indictments were also allegedly based on “eyewitness testimony.”
Goldstone headed the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), established by the United Nations in 1993. In 1995, one year into his term as chief ICTY prosecutor, Goldstone presented an indictment of several Serbs for war crimes and crimes against humanity. As brought to light in the weekend edition of the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon newspaper, among those indicted was a man identified as “Gruban”.
Gruban, later identified more fully as Gruban from Bijelo Polje, was charged with viciously raping Muslim prisoners in what was identified by the prosecution as essentially a Serbian concentration camp. His crimes were given weight by an anonymous individual identified only as “Witness F”, who claimed to have suffered at the hands of the notorious war criminal.
As described by Makor Rishon, “Within just a few months, the black silhouette of ‘Gruban’ was plastered on a poster of the most wanted war criminals in Bosnia.” At the time, Makor Rishon noted, the American newspaper The Boston Globe published an article wondering why the poster of “Gruban” stated that his description, father’s name, location and age were all listed as “unknown”.
The problem for NATO forces in tracking down the serial rapist was that Gruban from Bijelo Polje, also known as Gruban Malic, is a fictional character from Hero on a Donkey, a famous Serbian novel about World War II by Miodrag Bulatovic.
The Gruban hoax was the result of a conversation in a Bosnian cafe between Yugoslavian war correspondent Nebojsa Jevric and an American journalist desperate to see a “real war criminal”, according to Makor Rishon. Jevric identified “Gruban Malic” by name as the Serbian people’s “worst war criminal”, having committed the most rapes.
After the indictment of “Gruban” became known, Jevric capitalized on his countrymen’s bemused fascination with Goldstone’s “investigation” and wrote a book called Hero on a Donkey Goes to The Hague. In the book he detailed how his comment to an American reporter took on a life of its own.
In 1998, even after the true identity of the “war criminal” was known, the charges against “Gruban Malic” were officially dropped for lack of evidence by Goldstone’s successor. Thirteen other flesh-and-blood Serbs were also taken off the same ICTY indictment docket alongside “Gruban” - including a man that Goldstone indicted several years after he had already died.
So what we have is a UN investigator who specializes in indicting fictional characters for fictional crimes.
The Arutz Sheva piece above touches on the Balkans “eyewitness testimony” farces that made their way unquestioned into Western media, helping to propagandize the public and thereby allowing the West’s bellicose policies to continue. Goldstone was guilty of being duped then, and he’s guilty of it now. The modus operandi remains the same as well — including ignoring the use by Muslims (Bosniaks and Palestinians) of civilian areas to maximize casualties — as can be seen in an analysis by Jerusalem’s Institute for Contemporary Affairs, titled Blocking the Truth of the Gaza War: How the Goldstone Commission Understated the Hamas Threat to Palestinian Civilians.
NGO Monitor has more on the flaws of the Goldstone report, which should again sound very familiar to any Balkans-watcher. Note particularly the “false and unsubstantiated allegations” that were dutifully copied by the Goldstone commission:
1. The 575-page Goldstone report is primarily based on NGO statements, publications, and submissions (70 references each for B’Tselem and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, and more than 30 for Al-Haq and Human Rights Watch). In its analysis of NGO submissions and testimony, NGO Monitor found numerous false and unsubstantiated allegations. Nevertheless, the Goldstone committee simply copied the NGO biases, flawed methodology, and false claims, rendering the entire report invalid.
2. Goldstone’s press conference in New York and the report’s recommendations constitute another step in the Durban Strategy, crystallized at the 2001 NGO Forum, using the language of human rights and international law as weapons in the political war to isolate and demonize Israel, and restrict legitimate responses to terror. […]
Again, see Yugoslavia.
So instead of making quick work of this Goldstone character over a decade ago, the world allowed him to fester and mutate, so that now, thanks to his report on Gaza:
(Update: Palestinian diplomats in Geneva say they have gathered enough support to call a special debate in the U.N. Human Rights Council on alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza earlier this year…)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supports Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ attempt to reopen debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council on a report accusing Israel of war crimes, his spokeswoman said Monday.
Abbas wants the Geneva-based body to hold a “special session” on the so-called Goldstone report, whose recommendations could pave the way for Israel’s referral to the International Criminal Court over its military offensive against Hamas in Gaza last winter.
Ban’s spokeswoman, Michele Montas, said Monday that the secretary-general had spoken to Abbas by phone Sunday, and had voiced support for the P.A. proposal to reopen the matter at the HRC.
Apart from the P.A. effort in Geneva, Abbas is also supporting a separate initiative by Libya to have the U.N. Security Council discuss the Goldstone report…
The resolution that was the end-game of the session called for above has already happened, and here is the upshot so far:
“This draft resolution saddens me as it includes only allegations against Israel…There is not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report. I hope that the council can modify the text.”
So said none other than Judge Richard Goldstone himself to the Swiss Le Temps newspaper on Friday before the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution (without modifying the text) endorsing the Goldstone Report, clearing the way for discussion in the UN Security Council.
The resolution also condemned Israeli activity in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank even though these were not part of the Goldstone remit.
Was Goldstone so naive as to think that his report would not be turned into a political and legal weapon to use against Israel by the UNHRC?…
…Indeed, why is it that the media and now the Goldstone Commission are prepared to take the claims of terrorist groups and their supporters at face value, yet question the reliability or even the honesty of Israel?
…In addition to his disappointment with the UNHRC resolution, [Goldstone’s] report’s credibility was further undermined in an interview he gave to The Forward, where he stated: “If this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven. I wouldn’t consider it in any way embarrassing if many of the allegations turn out to be disproved.”
…Throughout his career, Goldstone has been accused of cutting corners because of ambition, and critics say his Gaza commission has set a new low. That a Jewish judge, barred from entering Israel for accepting a commission biased against the state, should write a report based largely on interviews with Hamas which panders to anti-Zionist (even anti-Semitic) opinion seems unbeatable.
So again, we’ve got an “ambitious” judge “accused of cutting corners” — who, it goes unsaid, made his career in much the same way as he is doing now, only it was on the backs of Serbs, who were his target practice for the Jews. And yet none of these organizations finds it relevant to bring up the 1990s Balkans as a direct parallel modus operandi for this person even as they sweat to properly discredit him.
The report above quotes the Washington Times:
…The incidental, unintentional civilian deaths Israel caused during the Gaza conflict are condemned as war crimes; the widespread and intentional Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians are basically ignored. The Goldstone model makes it impossible for civilized states to strike effectively against the world’s barbarians who are fighting a shadow war against decency that views innocent noncombatants as both legitimate targets and useful shields.
Again, see Yugoslavia. At the Hague, we even had a prosecution witness boast that in the Kosovo war he wasn’t assigned to document Serbian suffering, only Albanian suffering. And guess what we’ve got today, from Honest Reporting:
…The mandate (HRC Resolution S-9/1) for the fact-finding mission was “to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying Power, Israel, against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, due to the current aggression” — already determining that Israel had committed “violations of international human rights law” before the investigation even began.
As Melanie Phillips notes: “So this ‘objective’ inquiry had been told before it was even established that the guilty party in Gaza was Israel, designated by the UN as the ‘occupying power’; that it was guilty of ‘aggression’ and ‘violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law’; and that the Palestinians of Gaza were the victims of this Israeli aggression.”
Here we have Goldstone himself referencing Serbia — casually revealing that he and his Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia were looking exclusively for war crimes by Serbs (and so it stayed for the ICTY’s first decade):
…These crimes were so great, he explained, they went beyond their direct victims or the countries in which they were perpetrated, to harm humanity as a whole. This definition, he said, meant that perpetrators were to be prosecuted anywhere, by any country.
This rational[e], he went on to say, constituted the basis for the concept of universal jurisdiction, which is being applied by some countries where Israel Defense Forces officers are charged for alleged violations during their command in the West Bank and Gaza.
… The international tribunals that judged Serbian war criminals for their actions in Bosnia, and the establishment of tribunals to review the actions of perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide - in which South Africa-born Goldstone served as chief prosecutor - also relied on lessons drawn from the Holocaust, he said at the [jurists’] lecture [in Israel last month].
He noted that no similar courts were set up to look into the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia in the ’70s or Saddam Hussein’s acts against Iraqi Kurds.
The first time such tribunals were set up were for Bosnia, Goldstone said, because this was the first time after the Holocaust that such occurrences happened in “Europe’s backyard.” The war in Bosnia led to the formation of tribunals on crimes against humanity, he said, because European men with “blue eyes and light skin” again carried out actions similar to those observed in the Holocaust.
Israel, he added, was one of the first countries to support the formation of permanent court of law for crimes against humanity - a proposal that came up following the successful performance of the special tribunals on Bosnia.
However, that changed, he said, after Egypt insisted at the Rome conference that the mandate of this permanent court include occupied territories. This prompted Israel to join the six other countries that voted against the formation of the International Court of Justice, including the United States, China and Libya.
Are we seeing how sick this is? That Israel would support an international court to begin with underscores that Jewish stupidity runs as deep in Israel as it does in the Diaspora. Who else but Israel and America would the architects of such a court ultimately have in their sights? That Israel would deem the court “successful” when it judged only one side’s purported misdeeds in Bosnia is an abomination against the Jews’ own history, where they were in the same shoes with the Serbs in 1930s-40s Europe as the Serbs again found themselves in, in 1991. For all the talk of Israel’s right to self-defense, why should Serbs deserve any less of the same right?
Please also note a predictable insidiousness in all this. Recall that in 1999 when the Western world bombed Serbia on behalf of Muslims claiming repression, oppression, ethnic cleansing and genocide in Kosovo, a Saudi prince registered his approval and called on the U.S. and NATO to extend their “honorable actions” in Kosovo to Palestine. When an Italian ambassador illuminated the implications of the Yugoslavia bombing to then Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, Sharon called on American Jewish organizations — who had supported the collective aggression on Serbia — to lobby for an end to the bombardmaent. And now, just as Serbia was hauled into an international tribunal and an entire nation put on trial, we see the same prescription being laid out for Israel in Goldstone’s report — then taken to the next level by the Arab and Muslim states that control the UN.
Now let’s take apart the shockingly sophomoric and superficial notion that: “The war in Bosnia led to the formation of tribunals on crimes against humanity, he said, because European men with ‘blue eyes and light skin’ again carried out actions similar to those observed in the Holocaust.”
Holy. Crap. Here we have nothing less than an admission that the world is in the business of prosecuting the more “white”-featured side in a given conflict. Goldstone apparently missed the fact that the designated victims in Bosnia were at least as light-haired and blue-eyed. Or has he never seen a photograph of Bosnian Muslim fundamentalist wartime president Alija Izetbegovic?
This kind of “thinking” is how we get into the business of supporting Hitler’s recruiters over their victims who now fight back — which is exactly what the Bosnian president had been in his younger days, an SS recruiter. Nonetheless, the politically correct villain was chosen (the “white” Serb) and given the black hats to wear — and the equally politically correct victims were chosen (the “brown” Muslims), and given the white hats. Even if the Bosnians were as white as the Serbs, their religion had “brown” origins. The newsflash for Goldstone and the many who “think” as he does is that one of the more subconscious reasons that the world sympathizes with Palestinians over Israelis is that most of the lighter skin and blue eyes in the region are found in Israel.
Below is an abridged piece from an Israeli blog “The View from Here”, outlining how the UN is applying the very kind of legal system that the Nazis applied, and the public is going for it. All the examples the writer uses to support his argument also apply in the case of the Serbs. The UN is as anti-Israel as it has been anti-Serb, and that’s what should have given Jews some clues. Anti-Serb. Anti-Israel. Anti-Western. As I keep repeating, when the West attacked Serbia in favor of at least four varieties of savages, it attacked itself.
It is becoming common practise for nation states and non-nation actors to apply legal means to achieve political results.
Known as ‘lawfare’ these methods have been increasingly applied against Israel. They are being used as yet another weapon in their armoury to eliminate the Jewish state. [As they were to eliminate the Serbs as a nation.]
As such, their roots reach back to wartime Germany. Their ultimate application is eerily similar to that created by the Nazis. Back in the dark days of European history Nazi Germany operated a legal system that gave legitimacy to the machinations of the Third Reich.
The raison d-etre for the Nazi anti-Semitic programs were to remove a stain to world peace, namely the Jews, and to create a new world order. [As was done in the 1990s to that other stain to peace, the Serbs.] When Hitler condemned the Jews for all of the world’s woes German jurisprudence rubber stamped the measures demanded by its leaders.
The Jews, they claimed, were guilty of the most heinous crimes against humanity and laws were established to deal with these Jewish criminals. [See Serbs, 1990s.]
It became legal to deprive Jews of work, to make them wear the Yellow Star, to herd them into Ghettos, to deprive them of their property, to transport them to the death camps, and to execute them.
This was all performed under a veneer of a legal respectability, that everyone involved in this genocide was obeying his duty in law and, therefore, upholding the legal rulings that applied in the territories controlled by Germany. [See Balkans, present day.]
Records were kept at each stage of the deligitimisation and extermination of the Jews. These records showed that the law was being enforced. The book-keeping was part of the legal system that proved, in Nazi eyes, that everything was being done in a legally-acceptable and systematically transparent manner. German courts upheld the fragmentation of Jewish society and its elimination as required by Nazi law. [See Balkans, present day.]
Few dared question whether the Jews were truly guilty as charged. The law, and the resultant punishment, took its course - and the rest is history. [See 1990s to today, Balkans.]
At various stages of the ‘legal’ genocide of the Jews, whether in the Ghettos or the concentration camps, the Germans employed Jews to enforce their actions. [See NatasaKandic and all Serbs employed by anti-Serbian NGOs.]
The horrors of the Holocaust should have buried the notion that Jews are the enemy of the world and are easy prey to fanatics and their supporters. Sadly, the old hatred was merely dormant. It has re-awoken in a different form and has found itself coalescing under the auspices of the United Nations.
The United Nations is enacting a Nazi-style legal system.
Massacres and genocides by brutal dictators have largely been ignored. Only the Jewish state has had laws and rulings applied against it that do not apply to other members. [See Serbia and Bosnia’s Serb Republic.]
These rulings were not made in order to have Israel reform itself to the fictitious demands and, therefore, feel at ease among the league of nations. They are biasly enacted to turn Israel into the Jewish pariah among the nations. [See pariah, can-do-no-right Serbia.]
The United Nations Human Rights Council, hatched in a Wannsee-type conference in Geneva this year by malevolent instigators, shrewdly selected a naive jurist to be their Jewish Kappo.
Richard Goldstone thought he had been elected to uphold the law. In his academic simplicity he assumed that he would apply universal jurisprudence. Instead, he became a prisoner to the imposition of Nazi-style justice.
The parties who are truly guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the very ones who are creating the lawfare against the Jewish state, get a free pass. [See Croatia, Bosnia and Albanian Kosovo.]
The United Nations has become a chamber akin to the Third Reich.
…The ones perpetrating the campaign against the Jewish state are, as with the Third Reich in the 30s and 40s, those guilty of the worst crimes today. They include Libya, the Hamas-led Palestinian protest, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, China, Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan. [And Bosnia, Croatia and Greater Albania.]
…Just as there were those who gave lip service to the thought that Jews were capable of the crimes imposed on them by the Nazi laws so today some assume that Israel deliberately targeted and massacred innocent people in Gaza.
The inversion of Nazi-type justice imposed on the Jewish state while defrauding Israel by portraying it as a Nazi-type regime is meant to isolate, deligitimise, and eventually eradicate the Jewish state.
…The report is not an end in itself just as the Nazi judgments were not an end in itself but plainly the beginning of the end for European Jewry. […]
On the last point that those guilty of the worst crimes are those who lead the campaign against the Jewish state — that is, accusing Jews of the crimes being perpetrated against them, here is a relevant passage on the ways of the propagandist, from a book titled Propaganda, by Jacques Ellul:
Propaganda of agitation succeeds each time it designates someone as the source of all misery, provided that he is not too powerful…The propagandist will not accuse his enemy of just any misdeed; he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has, and trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit.”
I’ll finish with part of a statement given at the UN by British Col. Richard Kemp, on behalf of UN Watch:
I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.
Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.
Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population. [As did Serbia, which he should know if he commanded NATO troops in Bosnia.]
The IDF faces a challenge that we British do not have to face to the same extent. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights. [Same goes for Serbia.]
The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy’s hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks. [Serbia likewise allowed and facilitated humanitarian aid to the enemy when it could.]
Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes…More than anything, the civilian casualties were a consequence of Hamas’ way of fighting. Hamas deliberately tried to sacrifice their own civilians.
As did the Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanians.
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