The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

The Gold­stone re­port is se­ri­ously flawed in its terms of ref­er­ence, its mud­dled ap­pli­ca­tion of le­gal doc­trine and its highly se­lec­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence.

How­ever, Me­lanie Phillips ( JC, Oc­to­ber 9) is wrong to dis­miss it as a “blood li­bel.” Nor is she cor­rect that we face “a geno­ci­dal war against the Jews.” Such ex­treme char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions are no doubt a smoke­screen aimed to pre­vent a proper ex­am­i­na­tion of the Gaza war.

Else­where in your pa­per the bet­ter re­sponse to Gold­stone is ex­pressed by for­mer Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of­fi­cial Alan Baker who ar­gues that Is­rael does need to set an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the war. Is­rael has the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate its at­tach­ment to the rule of law through a thor­ough re­view of all the ev­i­dence.

A com­mis­sion of in­quiry, chaired per­haps by for­mer Supreme Court pres­i­dent Aharon Barak, would be the best re­sponse to Gold­stone. John Strawson Strat­ford High Street, Lon­don E15

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