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De­spite all your col­umn inches on the Gold­stone re­port, the JC has failed to get to the heart of the mat­ter ( JC Oc­to­ber 23).

Why did Richard Gold­stone ac­cept the job of head of the com­mis­sion when (ac­cord­ing to Dou­glas Davis writ­ing in last week’s Spec­ta­tor) as many as six other candidates turned it down?

Mary Robin­son, one of those candidates, said she “felt strongly that the Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion was one sided and did not per­mit a bal­anced ap­proach to de­ter­min­ing the sit­u­a­tion on the ground”.

Why did Gold­stone fail to take ac­count of the anti-Is­rael his­tory of the UNHCR? Why did he fail to use his in­flu­ence and widen the brief to ex­am­ine the phe­nom­e­non of asym­met­ri­cal war­fare, and the use by Ha­mas and Hizbol­lah of their own pop­u­la­tion as hu­man shields?

Clearly Gold­stone has an agenda which he needs to ex­plain to a more rig­or­ous in­ter­viewer. Teddy Gra­ham Oak­leigh Gar­dens, Whet­stone, N20

Your ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the Gold­stone re­port has left me puz­zled. I have no le­gal back­ground; there­fore, be­fore I come to any con­clu­sion about his re­port, I re­ally need to know some­thing about the con­text of his in­quiry.

I would like to know how Judge Gold­stone went about gath­er­ing his ev­i­dence. Did he, for ex­am­ple, take ev­i­dence un­der oath or use some other means to ver­ify wit­ness state­ments? When he looked at de­stroyed build­ings, did he find out from any source why those par­tic­u­lar build­ings were at­tacked? Did he get any ev­i­dence from the other side of this con­flict? Af­ter all, there is plenty of video and other ver­i­fi­able ev­i­dence freely avail­able. In le­gal terms, would the mem­bers of his com­mit­tee be con­sid­ered im­par­tial or be seen to be im­par­tial?

Fi­nally, has any­one asked Judge Gold­stone if he might, in his in­im­i­cal ju­di­cial way, like to make a sim­i­lar in­quiry into the work­ings of some of the coun­tries who com­mis­sioned the re­port. Ed­ward Bow­man Carl­ton Close, Lon­don NW3

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