US Congressman Berman stifles Goldstone by citing UN Watch report

The U.S. Congress today cited a UN Watch report when it stifled Judge Richard Goldstone’s objections to a draft resolution that slams his report for bias. US Rep. Howard Berman, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Gary Ackerman, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East, today sent their Congress colleagues this point-by-point rejoinder of a vehement letter recently sent to Congress by Goldstone (but which had the name of “Morton Halperin,” Geroge Soros’ key adviser, listed as author on the electronic file).

The relevant section:

[Goldstone:] “3. Paragraph 5: The member concerned, Professor Christine Chinkin of the London School of Economics, in the same letter, together with other leading international lawyers, also condemned as war crimes the Hamas rockets fired into Israel.”

Response: The letter Professor Chinkin signed, which was published in the British press in mid-January, did indeed accuse Hamas of war crimes. But it also accused Israel of war crimes, months before the investigation began, clearly prejudging the outcome of the investigation regarding both parties. In my view, Professor Chinkin should have been disqualified from serving on the commission, based on her having signed the letter. The UN watchdog UN Watch notes that Justice Goldstone himself admitted in an August interview that the signature “would have been grounds for disqualification” if the commission had constituted a formal judicial inquiry.