- STAFF PICKS
- GIFTS + GIFT CARDS
- SELL BOOKS
- FIND A STORE
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflictby Adam Horowitz
Synopses & Reviews
The Goldstone Report is one of the most controversial UN reports ever published. It alleges that both Israel and Hamas committed atrocities during Israel's 2009 incursion into Gaza, with Israel aiming to "punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population." This characterization incited an uproar in Israel and abroad. Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding the findings supplanted any real understanding of their implications. Edited by three progressive American Jews, The Goldstone Report contains analysis; commentary by Desmond Tutu, Naomi Klein, and Rashid Khalidi, among others; and a context for debate.
"American journalists Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss provide a comprehensive picture of the 2009 Gaza conflict in this abridged version of the UN Fact-Finding Mission's report on the Gaza Conflict commonly known as 'the Goldstone Report.' Much more than a simple paring down of the controversial original document, which recounts human rights abuses committed by both Israel and Hamas, this edition is enhanced by oral testimonies and essays from experts following the report's publication. The evocative oral testimonies describing limbs strewn about a bombed mosque and young girls shot in front of their father inject a harrowing human element to counterbalance the report's dispassionate tone. The additional essays, including Tutu's eloquent foreword, offer an array of thought-provoking perspectives on the validity of the report, the vehement debates it has generated, and its effects on judge Goldstone himself, who became the victim of 'Jewish excommunication' for what some perceived as a betrayal of Israel. An essential read for those concerned with accurate documentation of historical events and nations' accountability for their treatment of civilians living in war zones. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Book News Annotation:
Following Israel's December 2010-January 2011 assault on the Gaza Strip, the United Nations commissioned the Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, headed by South African jurist Richard Goldstone. The subsequent report of the Mission charged both Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas with committing crimes against humanity (although Israel's crimes led to far more deaths) and immediately became a subject of great controversy, if often between people who hadn't actually read the report. This volume contains an abridged version of the report, edited so as to be accessible to the general reader and supplements the report with 11 essays considering its legacy from a variety of perspectives. Topics addressed by the essays include the principles of international law invoked in the report, the Israeli critique of the report and a counter-critique, the politicized reception of the report in the United States, Israeli reception of the report, the role of Israeli militarism in eroding liberal support in the West, and a personal account of one family's experience of the Gaza War. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A controversial--and vital--report on the truth behind Israel's incursion into Gaza and the atrocities committed by both sides with accompanying essays and analysis.
About the Author
Adam Horowitz is coeditor of Mondoweiss, a popular news site covering American foreign policy in the Middle East. He lives in New York. Lizzy Ratner, a former reporter for the New York Observer, writes for the New York Times and the Nation. Philip Weiss is the co-editor of Mondoweiss. He has written for the New York Observer, the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper's.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like
History and Social Science » Law » General