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J Street: Pro-Goldstone, Anti-Israel

1:31 PM, Oct 17, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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The entire pro-Israel community, ranging from Republicans to Democrats, from Middle East hawks to peace-processing doves, has been (quite properly) united in condemning the Goldstone Report as fundamentally biased and extraordinarily reckless and irresponsible.

Everyone except J Street.

J Street has issued two statements on the Goldstone Report. They are reproduced below in full. Neither has a word of criticism for the Goldstone Report(though today's statement is a tad critical of the UN Human Rights Council). Both statements criticize Israel.

Pro-Goldstone, Anti-Israel. What more does one need to say?

Both statements after the jump...

J Street Statement on Goldstone Report and UNHRC Resolution

October 17th, 2009

Today, J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement:

Friday's decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council to refer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council further reinforces J Street's belief that Israel would be well served to immediately establish an independent state commission of inquiry into accusations surrounding Operation Cast Lead.

The UNHRC's resolution Friday notably failed to include any mention of its findings regarding violence and terror by Hamas directed at Israel and its citizens in the south - drawing condemnation from Judge Goldstone himself. This demonstrates the legitimacy of Israel's concerns regarding the Council and is yet another reason why Israel itself, not a multilateral body, needs to credibly address the full range of charges and findings in Goldstone's report.

Such a strategy - which Israel has adopted on several similar occasions in the past - is far preferable to leaving the matter to multinational bodies and governments which do not have Israel's best interests at heart.

We commend the United States government for opposing and working actively against this one-sided and ill-considered resolution. We urge the U.S. to continue its efforts to promote a balanced approach to the Goldstone Report and to oppose UN Security Council consideration of the UNHRC resolution.

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami statement, September 21, 2009:

J Street has reviewed the Goldstone report in its entirety over the past several days.

J Street agrees with Israelis, such as Minister Isaac Herzog, that some of the concerns with the report would have been better addressed had the Israeli Government cooperated with the investigation in presenting its own findings.

We urge the Israeli government to establish an independent state commission of inquiry to investigate the accusations, something Israel has done on several occasions in the past.

J Street strongly condemns Hamas for its actions both before and during the Gaza war - actions which the report says may amount to crimes against humanity.

The past cannot be changed by reports and commissions. Israelis, Palestinians and the international community led by the United States must focus on forging a better future - beginning with this week's trilateral meeting hosted by President Obama.

Purposeful and assertive action is needed now to avert future rounds of violence and bloodshed. A two-state solution, achieved in short order, is the best alternative for Israel to ongoing insecurity and endless rounds of investigations and international opprobrium.

J Street will continue to focus on advancing this goal and supporting those with the courage to lead the way in making the right choices and tough compromises necessary to achieve peace and security in the Middle East and to advance American interests in the region.