The retraction shocked and dismayed the three other commission members, who accused him of misrepresenting facts in order to cast doubt on the conclusions of the U.N.-sponsored, fact-finding team.
The New York Times reports that Judge Goldstone, a South African jurist who had previously officially indicted elements of apartheid S. Africa's White-led government for state-sponsored murder, came under tremendous Jewish communal pressure in the wake the Goldstone commission's conclusion that Israel itself had committed war crimes.
In trying to understand why he published an essay on April 1 in The Washington Post retracting his harshest accusation against Israel and toughening his stand toward Hamas and the United Nations — an essay that has been rejected by the fellow members of his investigation panel — the South African precedent is important. For Mr. Goldstone, it was the model of how the Gaza report would work. Instead, it helped drive Israeli politics farther to the right, gave fuel to Israel’s enemies and brought no notable censure on Hamas.Goldstone's colleagues on the U.N. Gaza commission disagreed that any new information merited retraction of key elements of the report, and in a letter to the Guardian, inferred that all that had changed in the intervening period was that a weak-kneed (or hopelessly conflicted) Goldstone had come under political or social "pressure" from unspecified quarters to backtrack on the commission's findings.
“I know he was extremely hurt by the reaction to the report,” said Aryeh Neier, president of the Open Society Foundations, who has known Mr. Goldstone for years and remains close to him. “I think he was extremely uncomfortable in providing some fodder to people who were looking for anything they could use against Israel.”
In describing his new position, Mr. Goldstone wrote, “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone report would have been a different document.” He has declined requests to elaborate. Interviews with two dozen people who know him suggest a combination of reasons: the hostility from his community, disappointment about Hamas’s continuing attacks on civilians, and new understanding of Israel’s conduct in a few of the most deadly incidents of the war.
The year and a half since the Gaza report was published have been hard on Mr. Goldstone. Hailed by the Arab world and the anti-Israel left, he has been censured by those with whom he had always identified. One of his two daughters, who spent more than a decade in Israel and now lives in Canada with the man she married here, has been furious with him, according to a family friend; he was nearly unable to attend the bar mitzvah of his other daughter’s son in South Africa because of plans by some members of the Jewish community there to demonstrate against his presence.
“He told me last year that he was dreaming of the day when he would be able to sleep again at night,” a longtime friend said, asking for anonymity for fear of angering Mr. Goldstone by speaking about private conversations. In the past two weeks, he has been embraced by some who had shunned him...
In Sacramento, Mr. Goldstone told of a speech he gave at Yale in late 2009.
During the presentation, three men in the hall unfurled a banner listing what they viewed as great libels directed at the Jewish people: “Protocols of the Elders of Zion — Dreyfus — Goldstone.”
The first referred to a Russian forgery alleging Jewish plans to rule the world, and the second to the framing of a Jewish army officer in France who was accused in 1894 of passing military secrets to the Germans.
As reported by Ha'aretz:
The Guardian rebuttal [by other commission team members] stated "calls to reconsider or even retract the report, as well as attempts at misrepresenting its nature and purpose, disregard the rights of victims, Palestinians and Israeli, to truth and justice."Unstated in the rebuttal, but clear from the New York Times report, is that the organized Jewish community and even members of his own Jewish Zionist family forced Goldstone's hand through a process of shunning, intimidation, browbeating, and social extortion.
The statement also addressed "personal attacks and the extraordinary pressure placed on members of the fact-finding mission," a seemingly thinly-veiled reference to pressure and criticism by many in Israel and the Jewish world on Goldstone, a South African Jew and self-described Zionist.
"Had we given in to pressures from any quarter to sanitize our conclusions, we would be doing a serious injustice to the hundreds of innocent civilians killed during the Gaza conflict, the thousands injured, and the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to be deeply affected by the conflict and the blockade," the three wrote.
Why would these people, including his own daughter, go to such tremendous lengths to denigrate and berate Goldstone until he relented? Putting all of the pieces together and holding them up next to Jewish religious law, it's clear they intended to make an example of Goldstone and drag him through the mud because he violated the Talmudic Jewish law against informing on fellow Jews, and thus, in the eyes of Jewry, was to be treated as a "moser" until he recanted his own commissions findings, or would never to be allowed back into the Jewish fold.
The Jewish encyclopedia defines "Moser" as follows:
An informer, denunciator, or delator; synonyms are "masor" (abstract, "mesirah"), "delator" (), and "malshin" (abstract, "malshinut"), from the last of which are derived the Portuguese "malsim," and also the Spanish "malsin," together with the adjective "malsinar" and the abstract nouns "malsindad" and "malsineria."Thus, in the mind of the Jewish Zionist community (remember, Zionism is a Talmudic, Jewish supremacist formulation), Goldstone had become the equivalent of a "serpent" -- and had to be religously, socially and politically shunned and ostracized until broken.
Nothing was more severely punished by the Jews than talebearing; and no one was held in greater contempt than the informer. On account of the fact that his deeds frequently caused mischief and even entailed death and destruction, the sages of the Talmud compared the "moser" to a serpent.
To Jewry, Goldstone stands as an example of how Jews who become mosers should be treated until death, or until they recant their testimony (no matter how objective, correct, accurate or honest) against fellow Jews.
But how should non-Jews regard Goldstone and the Jewish Zionist milieu from which he came that compelled his de facto perjury and the betrayal of his official secular duties as a commissioned member of the U.N.?
Goldstone today stands as an example of why Jewish Zionists should never be given any official authority in a secular society or body that subscribes or aspires to an impartial judicial or justice system; indeed, he also stands as an example why Jewish Zionists (who at their ideological core regard non-Jews as animals), should never be given any secular judicial or governmental authority over the fate of any non-Jews whatsoever, as any time a Jew's interests come into conflict with those of a non-Jew, the Jew is commanded by the Law of Moser to side with his co-religionist.
As noted on the web site metatron, which compares the Talmudic Law of Moser to the Mafioso code of Omertà:
The Talmudic Law of the Moser, or Law of the Jewish Informer, is essentially a covenant prohibiting a Jew from informing on another Jew to a non-Jew directly or indirectly. Such a law is diametrically opposed to the adversarial process of our own legal system in the USA and therefore conducive toward obstruction of justice.The effects of "The Law of Moser" can be seen all across contemporary American society, where Jewish Zionist cliques and networks increasingly disproportionately influence or predominate from mass media to Hollywood to Wall Street to Washington and the Supreme Court -- and see to it that their Jewish bretheren are given preferential treatment, or at the least are never called to the carpet or held accountable for their crimes, abuses or transgressions in front of "the Gentiles."
Furthermore, among all employees at all levels of our judicial, intelligence, law enforcement, military and news media communities, the Talmudic Law of the Moser, or Law of the Jewish Informer, constitutes an impediment to frank and uninhibited exchanges of information in the discharge of their duties and therefore poses a serious threat to our national security.
For example, the Talmudic Law of the Moser thwarts the discovery process when a judge or an attorney general chooses not to allow or pursue information or lines of inquiry that might expose a Jew in wrongdoing or with questionable interests in a case. Or, the Law of the Moser constitutes the foundation of a conspiracy of silence wherein intelligence that can be considered adverse to the Zionist state and its interests is filtered or otherwise withheld from analysts or others with a rightful need to know. Or, such a law requires a Jew to keep pertinent information about a crime from police investigators. The Talmudic Law of the Moser determines whether news that pertains to the Zionist state is "fit to print"; the question "is it good for Israel?" is the formula that is applied in case after case.
One cannot overemphasize the great importance of this very real issue of the Talmudic Law of the Moser, or Law of the Jewish Informer, the history of which can be read in the Jewish Encyclopedia.
But the Talmudic Law of the Moser is not just some historical curiosity out of the Middle Ages and the Jewish Diaspora. Indeed, this law is quite real and in effect today...
Moreover, the very presence of such a criminally cohesive, Mafiosa-like enterprise that institutionally practices such blatant and self-serving, religiously supremacist double standards in an ostensibly secular society is itself a recipe for the desruction of the very concept of secularism itself.
Why should any other religious or corporate organization play by the rules of temporal secularism and secular fair play, or relent to the authority of "secular" courts or governments when Zionist Jewry is allowed to play by a self-serving set Talmudic religious rules favorable to itself and pursuant to Jewish supremacy?
Perhaps, in the end, that's exactly what Zionist Jewry and its pseudo-"Christian" and pseudo-"secular" Gentile collaborators in America and elsewhere actually have in mind: the destruction of the secular order, and the establishment of a Jewish supremacist one.