Goldstone-bias

Fra UNWatch:

U.N. Human Rights Council witnesses dramatic face-off when head of controversial UN “fact-finding” mission on Gaza unexpectedly confronted by one of his own witnesses. Dr. Mirela Siderer, an Israeli doctor brutally disfigured by a 2008 rocket attack fired from Gaza into her Ashkelon medical clinic, pointedly accused Judge Richard Goldstone of ignoring her July oral testimony in his report, and of failing to disclose material information concerning the mandate and members of the mission. Both declared Israel guilty in advance. Testimony arranged by the Geneva human rights organization UN Watch.

Transkript:

My name is Dr. Mirela Siderer. I am a gynecologist living in Ashkelon, Israel.

Judge Richard Goldstone, in July you invited me to testify. I told you my story. I am known by my patients — including many women from Gaza. For me, every human being is equal.

On May 14, 2008, my life was changed forever. I was working in my clinic. Suddenly, the building was hit by a missile, fired from Gaza. I was terribly wounded. Blood was everywhere. My patient was also wounded, and more than 100 others. Next month will be my eighth operation.

Judge Goldstone, I told you all of this, in detail. I testified in good faith. You sent me this letter, saying, “Your testimony is an essential part of the Mission’s fact-finding activities.”

But now I see your report. I have to tell you: I am shocked.

Judge Goldstone, in a 500-page report, why did you completely ignore my story? My name appears only in passing, in brackets, in a technical context. I feel humiliated.

Why are there only two pages about Israeli victims like me, who suffered thousands of rockets over eight years? Why did you choose to focus on the period of my country’s response, but not on that of the attacks that caused it? Why did you not tell me that this council judged Israel guilty in advance, in its meeting of last January? Why did you not tell me that members of your panel signed public letters judging Israel guilty in advance?

Judge Goldstone, you, too, signed such a letter, saying you were “shocked” about Gaza. But where were you when Gaza attacked my medical clinic, in violation of international human rights and humanitarian law? Where was this council? Why were you all silent?

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Goldstone’s Response:

With regard to the statement made by Dr. Siderer, I’m clearly upset that she feels humiliated by the report. She was treated in the report in no way different to that of other victims who spoke to us. She was referred to in the report as one of the people who was injured as a result of a rocket attack on a shopping center in Southern Israel. The report also refers to the fact that the evidence of the people who gave evidence to us are available on the website of the OHCHR. It is there for anybody to see.

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UN Watch Note: Dr. Siderer posed 8 simple questions. Goldstone avoided all except one, and on this was non-responsive and misleading. Dr. Siderer never said that she wasn’t “referred to,” but rather complained that her story was ignored, and that her name was mentioned only “in passing, in brackets, in a technical context;” and that this underscored how he overlooked 8 years of suffering of the rocket victims. Here is Dr. Siderer’s original testimony; here is Goldstone’s report. Search her name — it turns up but once, in passing, in par. 1640. Goldstone’ s claim that other witnesses were given similar treatment is manifestly false: see, e.g., the report’s repeated and in-depth discussion of witness Abu Askar. What is clear is that the report gives short shrift to Israeli suffering by its selective focus on the period of Israel’s response to the rocket attacks (Dec. 2008 and Jan. 2009), instead of to the attacks themselves (2001-2009)

Temaer i kommunalvalget

Sunshine-partiets overbevisende kandidat (og eneste medlem)

Sunshine-partiets nydelige repræsentant - og eneste medlem. Giv ham en stemme!

Sunshine Partiet er et udbryderparti fra Kærlighedspartiet. Sunshine Partiet stiller op til Borger-repræsentationen i København for tredje gang. Første år fik de 86 stemmer, og sidste år fik de 38. I år er Peer J. Pedersen helt alene. De forrige år har han kørt partiet sammen med en kammerat.

– Navnet på partiet kommer sig af, at Peer J. Pedersen i gamle dage fik øgenavnet Sunshine af skuespillerne Erik Clausen og Leif Sylvester. »Og det passer så godt på mig,« siger Peer J. Pedersen: »Jeg er jo altid glad.«

Der er flere muligheder, hvis man ikke vil stemme på Venstrefløjen og se Spejder-Frank afløse Rittz som overborgmester:

Nihilistisk Folkeparti: ‘Det hele er alligevel ligegyldigt – spild din stemme på os’ står også bag alternative valgplakater med budskabet: ‘Stop kirkeklokker søndag morgen. Fuck jeres frelse! Vi har tømmermænd’.

Hampepartiet: ‘Fri cannabis til alle’. Om partiets politik hedder det blandt andet: ‘Ud med en pamper – ind med en hamper! Støt Hampepartiet, få fri cannabis i Københavns Kommune og Region Hovedstaden’.

Kærlighedspartiet: ‘Mere medmenneskelighed i Metropolis’. Ved kommunalvalget i 2005 havde Kærlig­­- heds­listen den spanske kanindræberracehund Foxy som overborgmesterkandidat. Andre dyr på listen var den blinde kat Totteflotte og hunden Django.

Den Lille Mand: ‘Stem på dig selv – stem på liste Y’. Partiet fører sig frem på at være ‘for dig, der er alene mod systemerne’.

Cykel Logisk Institut: Har som kerneformål at sammenkoble klimatilpasning og cykeltrafik. Partiet vil blandt andet overdække Københavns mest benyttede cykelrute fra Husum Torv til Sundbyvester Plads.

Liste P.I.K.:
Fra ‘Penge I Kommunekassen’ lyder det: ‘Ved at sætte skatten op, indføre tysk arbejdskraft, afbureaukratisere og fyre hårdt i den offentlige sektor, samtidig med at de arbejdsløse bliver sat til at bygge en ny hurtig togforbindelse mellem Århus og København, vil kommunekassen igen flyde med det pureste guld’.

Gordon eller Kaos: Har sloganet: ‘Mindre forbrug, mere ånd i Danmark. Vi har ting nok. Det skal være sjovere at være dansker’.

Pærepartiet: Mener, at den lokale politik trænger til et skud poesi. Partiet vil derfor opsætte korte digte i gadebilledet.

Hat tip: MetroXpress

Officielt: Obama er islamtroende!

Se- og gys! Hat tip: Every Kinda People

Hattedamernes irske fallit

Sådan kan det gå, når vejen til Helvede er brolagt med gode intentioner – på andres vegne. Fra 180Grader:

Smoking at the pub

Smoking at the pub

Irland har været foregangsland for den multinationale anti-tobakslobby siden marts 2004, hvor den irske regering indførte det første rygeforbud i et europæisk land.

Lige siden dengang har medierne været fyldt med rosenrøde historier om, hvor dejligt rent der var blevet på de irske pubber – og hvor glade irerne var for deres rygeforbud – og i løbet af få år lykkedes det at sprede rygeforbuddene til stort set hele Europa, inklusiv Danmark.

I dag – efter fem år med rygeforbud, 1.500 pub-lukninger, mange anti-rygekampagner og tårnhøje tobaksafgifter – skulle Irland efter planen være godt på vej imod det røgfrie paradis. Men virkeligheden ser anderledes ud: Myndighederne kæmper nu imod stærke kriminelle bander med tilknytning til terror-organisationen “Real IRA”, som har sat sig tungt på smuglertrafikken af billige cigaretter til Irland.

En ny storryger-generation er skabt
Dette er sket efter den seneste afgiftsstigning på cigaretterne, som nu koster 60 kr pr. pakke i Irland. Og som en ekstra torn i øjet på politikerne: En ny undersøgelse fra sommeren 2009 viser, at antallet af rygere i Irland er eksploderet. Antallet af rygere ligger nu 22% højere, end da den irske rygelov blev indført i 2004.