ADL: Goldstone's comments both 'gratifying and distressing'

April 3, 2011 10:16

Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a statement Sunday saying, "Richard Goldstone’s article in The Washington Post saying he is now rescinding his charge in the UN report that Israel deliberately targeted civilians in the Gaza war is both gratifying and distressing."

"Whether Goldstone's admission is a case of 'better late than never,' or one of 'too little too late' is a matter of judgment.  What is so distressing is the fact that Goldstone rushed to judgment in the first instance as to Israel's alleged intention to target civilians without any convincing evidence." 

Added Foxman, "It is important that the author of the report now recognizes, as anyone who knows the history of Israeli military operations already knew, that targeting of civilians runs against everything the Israel Defense Forces stands for.  Also significant is the clear distinction he makes between Israel's conduct in investigating accusations and the absence of any such investigations by Hamas."

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