Legitimating Bigotry

Richard Goldstone, author of the notorious Goldstone report, did not become a South African judge in the post-Apartheid Mandela Era, as The New York Times and other media have erroneously reported.  He accepted a judgeship during the worst days of Apartheid and helped legitimate one of the most racist regimes in the world by granting the imprimatur of the rule of law to some of the most undemocratic and discriminatory decrees.

Goldstone was–quite literally–a hanging judge. He imposed and affirmed death sentences for more than two dozen blacks under circumstances where whites would almost certainly have escaped the noose. And he affirmed sentences of physical torture–euphemistically called “flogging”– for other blacks. He also enforced miscegenation and other racist laws with nary a word of criticism or dissent. He was an important part of the machinery of death, torture and racial subjugation that characterized Apartheid South Africa. His robe and gavel lent an air of legitimacy to an entirely illegitimate and barbaric regime.

It is no surprise that Goldstone kept this part of his life secret from academic colleagues, friends and the general public. I recall him at the lunch and dinner tables in Cambridge describing himself as a heroic part of the struggle against Apartheid.  Now it turns out he was the ugly face of Apartheid, covering its sins and crimes with a judicial robe. How differently we would have looked at him if we knew that he had climbed the judicial ladder on whipped backs and hanged bodies.

Now that his dirty secret has been exposed to the world, he has invoked the defense raised by German judges at Nuremberg: “I was just following the law.” This cowardly defense was rejected at Nuremberg and by the international law that Goldstone claimed to be applying against Israel in the Goldstone report. It should be resoundingly rejected by the court of public opinion.  Goldstone’s friend and former judicial colleague,  Arthur Chaskalson, has rushed to the defense of his fellow South African judge, saying that it was “better to have an honest judge on the bench than another kind.” Putting aside the issue of whether Goldstone was an honest judge–his Goldstone Report strongly suggests he is “another kind”–the German judges offered precisely that argument at Nuremberg. “I did it to help the Jews. ” In the film Judgment at Nuremberg, based on a real case, the judge argued that by unjustly sentencing one Jew to death, others might be helped.  He also said he had no choice but to apply unjust laws. He was convicted. Goldstone may have persuaded himself and other judges who served the Apartheid regime that by hanging and torturing some blacks, they would be helping other blacks, but the only ones that were helped were the racists who ran the Apartheid regime and Goldstone himself, who used his Apartheid judgeship as a stepping stone and career booster.

It is interesting that Goldstone made a similar argument to friends as to why he accepted the chairmanship of the investigative commission offered to him by the United Nations Human Rights Council.  He acknowledged that the Council was biased against Israel. Indeed, it treats Israel much the way Apartheid courts used to treat Black Africans: Just as there was special justice (really injustice) for blacks, so too there is special justice (really injustice) for Israel. Goldstone claims he took the job “to help Israel,” just as he took his previous job to help blacks.  In both cases he cynically hurt those he said he wanted to help while helping only himself.  In both cases he was selected to legitimate bigotry.  In both cases, better people than him refused to lend their credibility to an illegitimate enterprise.  But Goldstone accepted, because it was good for his career.

Goldstone  is an ambitious opportunist who lacks the courage of his convictions– if he ever had any. He has always put personal advancement over principle. He is a master of rationalization and self justification. This time he has run out of excuses. He’s been exposed as a poseur who will sell his integrity for a careerist opportunity. Fortunately he now has little integrity left to sell.

  • NoAFcukingJew

    Hahahahah………..what a crock of shit from a piece of shit motherfcuking Jewish Dog.

    Where the fcuk you fcuking Dog of Europe and Animal of Humanity get your audacity to insist on portraying you fcukwit Jews as the victim. Even the day after you murdered 1400 innocent civilians, because you had the Cowardice to avoid fighting real Hezbollah soldiers.

    Holy crap, how can you dog shit Jews continue to be the most vicious and barbaric animals for 2000 years?

    • David

      You are utterly despicable and whatever your beliefs are, remember this: YOU WILL BE JUDGED.

      Rev 20:10-15 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
      And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat upon it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
      And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works.
      And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
      And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire.
      And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.

    • A. Friend

      Wow! The intellectual aptitude and persuasiveness of your arguments has me convinced. Convinced you are pathetic person blinded by hate. I'm not sure what your point is with this comment – other than to spew hatred and ignorance (which you do quite well.)

      Experience has demonstrated to me, time and time again, that it is worthless to interact with you, so I won't bother. However, your comment reflects much more clearly on you than it does on the subject-matter of the article.

      In all sincerity and without any malice, I strongly suggest that you get professional help so that you learn how to deal with your rage and hatred before it destroys your life completely.

      Good luck.

    • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

      To Comentor above. The Reason Jews are so hated through out the world is that it is the nature of evil to hate good. The Palastinians chose to not share in the prosperity the jews brought to that land but instead forced a wall to be built to keep them festeringing in their their hatred without being able to do anything about it. There are but 2 races, my friend, the decent & the indecent. & you are on the wrong side. Did your Plundering, Mass Murdering, Rapist. Theiving, Slaver, Extortionist, Pedaphile, Total THUGG Prophet tell you as a Muslim are better than everybody else & Allah hates the Jews so you must also. Why would you believe such a total Scumbag. If he were hare now he'd be in prison on death row. You know it's true. Why would God choose a Puke like that to give privledged info inforation to ?

    • AntiFascist18

      How's Adolf, Girlieboy…care to join him?

    • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

      To Comentor above. The Reason Jews are so hated through out the world is that it is the nature of evil to hate good. The Palastinians chose to not share in the prosperity the jews brought to that land but instead forced a wall to be built to keep them festeringing in their their hatred without being able to do anything about it. There are but 2 races, my friend, the decent & the indecent. & you are on the wrong side. Did your Plundering, Mass Murdering, Rapist. Theiving, Slaver, Extortionist, Pedaphile, Total THUGG Prophet tell you as a Muslim are better than everybody else & Allah hates the Jews so you must also. Why would you believe such a total Scumbag. If he were hare now he'd be in prison on death row. You know it's true. Why would God choose a Puke like that to give privledged info inforation to ?

    • xman

      Friom the above scumbags posting, It is pretty clear to see how six million Jews were murdered in cold blood less than 70 years ago, and nobody gave a fig. What a pity Jewish-devised medicines and vaccines have been used to keep this worthless oxygen thief alive. Next time Hezbollah will be destroyed without mercy because the Israelis will finally ignore the enfeebled West, who is so afraid to say Boo to a mad mullah, and go for the kill, just like they should have been allowed to do on so many occasions over the last 60 years.

    • Carolina Don

      MAN!!! I'll bet your family is proud of you. Such eloquence and clairity of thought…you surely must be a writer. Yep surely are proud. I read your BS, now you have read mine!

    • Farley

      …you had the cowardice to avoid fighting real Hezbollah soldiers."

      Wow! Anti-Semitism lives–and its a friend of Hezbollah!

      But all you are doing is acknowledging the facts before everyones eyes–Hamas, Hezbollah, the Palestinian Authority, the Nazi regime are one the same

  • http://islammonitor.org Blue Heeler

    NoAFcukingJew
    Being a muslim, we expect you to have trouble with basics like spelling. What you meant, I'm sure, is Not A Fcuking Clue.
    I had to laugh at this,
    "… the day after you murdered 1400 innocent civilians, because you had the Cowardice to avoid fighting real Hezbollah soldiers", because, here in Australia, we were treated to the real cowardice of islams bravest, the 12,000 Social Security draining Lebanese patriots who flocked to Israel to get in a bit of Jew killing before brunch, but when the heat got turned up – my God, those Jews actually shot back! – they screamed like stuck pigs and demanded the Australian government get them out.
    Such brave men of conviction!

    Islam's "15 minutes" is well and truly over. We have observed, weighed the evidence and judged. The verdict is in and islam is exposed as a festering boil on the backside of humanity. Do us all a favor and crawl back into your cave.

  • al Kidya

    Well spoken, Blue Healer!
    Islam is a festering boil on the backside of humanity and like a boil it needs to have the infection squeezed out of it. Otherwise the boil gets larger until the infection gets into the blood stream and eventually kills the host.
    So let us all squeeze the posion out of Islam while it isn't beyond our control to do so.

  • Stephen D.

    NOAF seems to offer proof that Islamists F**k Camels! After all, they like little boys and marry little girls after mutilating them. They beat and kill for their "honor" their own family members. They display no sense of humanity…they must be part camel! Maybe that Monkey Mo did it first…played with a camel. Hey, he is the best example of a man for mankind! Hahahahahahaha….

  • AntiFascist18

    Islam – the religion of murdering innocent animals in cages, women and children on airliners and in markets, babies in pizzerias, and their own girls if they wish to be free of the burka and hajibi.

    Always been amazed at the hypocrisy of fat arsed Muslim girlieboys wearing levis while their dumb cluck women parade in the Wal-Marts wearing Burkas. We should have ended that practice decades ago. And thrown the roaches out.

    Islam – the REAL GUTTER RELIGION.

  • AntiFascist18

    Re: Goldstone. He may not have been so wrong about Apartheid and sentencing ANC-SACommieParty terrorists to death. He should have included Tutu and Ronnie Kasrils, his own ideological soulmate in the mix.

    Having said this – the guy has no balls, no spine. Lacks any convictions whatsoever. A turd.

    Can anyone say Roland Freischer?* (that's Goldstone)

    *Freischer was the hanging judge who murdered the German patriots in the wake of the failed plot against Hitler. He got his commupance in the Spring of '45 when an American bomb blew him to smithereens in his own courtroom just as he was about to proclaim the sentence of death on the last group of survivors of the July 20th plot.

  • enudraco

    Unfortunately, this panel, like the whole world became so infested with muslim pro-palestinian garbage and hate….how to get rid of this trash and clean up the world?
    I have no clue….Sorry.

  • http://www.global-report.com/thehope/en/ Yitzhaq Hayut-Man

    "An Israeli"

    That despicable one who called himself "NoAFcukingJew" has actually done an amazing bigotry stunt. By this flaming he managed to deflect and waylay discussion of Dershowitz's excellent article. I'd suggest he deserves no response but pity.
    And as for Dershowitz, what can I say but "thank you"?

  • Marty

    Is it accurate that the new health care plan enables American muslims to receive medical and dental benefits completely free and allows those of us who are dhimmis to pay the bill with higher taxes? It's good to know that muslims here will be in the best of health as they go about their business of murering defenseless and innocent people.

  • xman

    I guess its time to deport workshy bloodsucking infidel-hating parasites like the evil Jew-hating pile of dogs**t who churned out the first posting.

  • Yetwave

    Ignoring the demented spew from the first commentator allows me to get right to business of parsing the poop with my fellow Jews.
    Dershie's concluding statement in the article could be said about himself. It's easy to point the finger at Goldstone. He is a man without integrity and the world knows it. How is integrity to be quantified for a man who claims to support Israel but who was a vocifeous supporter of Israel Basher-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama?

  • badaboo

    The very FIRST POST on this thread kinda exposes the hatred involved against jews and Israel .
    And such language !!! AND UNFREINDLY WORDS !!!

    Unfortunately it also expose the HYPOCRISY of some bloggers here like – gpcase and THE MODERATORS who disallowed some of my posts which were merely tough and critical , against the flow here as it were ..
    HYPOCRITES !
    And this filthy and disgusting First Post on the thread , has been up for 24 hours , and yet ……..not deleted .

    Congrats FPM ! You are no less the bias censors than KOS or the Islamic Forum .

    But that's what being BLINDED BY YOUR IDEOLOGY is all about .

  • Am Yisrael Chai

    There could be no better example of a dirt bag Mohammedan than the first talkback. The Jews have outlived and defeated ALL their enemies. A bunch of fellating Ishamelites is nothing.

    You are pinpricks, soon to be destroyed. This is your last gasp. Continue to suck on the diseased teat of your pedophilic "Prophet" Muhammed, may his name be cursed and erased for all eternity.

    Mohammed was an animal, and not a very smart one.

  • Am Yisrael Chai

    By the way, way to go Mr. Dershowitz. Exposing such hypocrisy is truly awesome.

  • Hebro

    HEY EVERYBODY! just ignore "NoAFcukingJew". he's just trying to get a rise out of everybody. like the arab/muslim world that's been trying unsuccessfully to destroy Israel for over 60 years he knows he's ultimately impotent when it comes to anything but bravado. anyone wonder why we've heard from just about everyone except for Goldscum himself? the cartoon on lerner's fence that started much of this drama was about him too. i'm cool with Dershowitz, but let's give a big round of applause for the "right wing zionist thugs" who staged the most daring assault in military history since the Raid on Entebbe.

  • caleb singh

    allah the canibal blood drinking monster who is gratified by the blood of slaughtered victims of murdering islamic maniacs screaming allah akbar is this a religion or a macabre philosophy?

  • lovezion

    Shalom! Forget about the first commenter – he's a brain defective, so let's not waste our time on that thing. But, why this site doesn't have under each comment a link to denounce improper commenters, as most other sites have??? I'm so glad that Dersowitz unmasked this…this filthy renegade traitor jew, the judge goldstein as to how he murdered innocent blacks in So. Africa! It seems Israel is losing Jerusalem, I feel that to save Israel and ALL of Jerusalem, we must beg all Jews and sympathizers to do the following, please!: Ok it's too long, please see it in the following comment. Thanx (It starts like this):

    YOUNG/HEALTHY/STRONG JEWS AND SYMPATHIZERS OF THE WORLD: STOP…Cont'd…

  • lovezion

    Cont'd: I feel that to save Israel and ALL of Jerusalem, we must beg all Jews and sympathizers to…

    YOUNG/HEALTHY/STRONG JEWS AND SYMPATHIZERS OF THE WORLD: STOP WHINING OR CRITICIZING ISRAEL – NO GOVERNMENT WILL HELPS US. NO ANTISEMITES EVER CHANGE. LEAVE YOUR ROTTEN COUNTRIES AND GO TO ISRAEL TO STAY AND PROCREATE IN ABUNDANCE, NONSTOP. GO FIGHT FIERCELY AS NEVER BEFORE. EMPOWER ISRAEL TO REGAIN ITS RIGHTFULLY-WON TERRITORIES AND CONQUER MORE! ISRAEL NEEDS NOT ONLY TO EXIST BUT TO PREVAIL IN FULL FORCE INCREASING POWER CONTINUALLY TO ASSURE NOT BEING ATTACKED BY ANYONE!!! ISRAEL NEEDS YOU AND YOU NEED ISRAEL, WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT YOU, YOUNG AND HEALTHY YIDS, GO AND HELP IT NOW! HOW ELSE DID AMERICA BECOME GREAT? THOSE THINKING WE CAN CHANGE EVIL… ARE NAIVE AT BEST (I CALL THEM DANGEROUS STUPID IDIOTS!!!

  • lovezion

    TO: Am Yisrael Chai

    Hi, if Mohamed were like an animal…he and his followers wouldn't have been the evil they are. We are all animals – nonhuman animals and human animals. Nonhuman animals are not evil, they are only other species. BUT…those arab muslims (and non arab muslims too) are neither human nor nonhuman animals. They are, LITERALLY, brain and heart defectives. They are like a mutation, or only their also brain defective god knows what kind of THING they are.

    What hurts me a lot is that Israel should be SO LIBERAL that it's spending money and lives to help them! Because they are so liberal it is that the whole world is against it and us Jews as they take this constant generosity as weakness.

    What do you think? I'm planning on going to Israel in May 2011… :o)

  • lovezion

    Hello again, I think my last sentence might be erroneously interpreted that I'm going to Israel to fight… :o) I wish I could because then I'd leave everyhing here and would go to fight for Israel. Unfortunately I'm neither young nor strong, maybe a little healthy though. I'm going to Israel to enjoy that incredible Miracle on the Sand! What I asked you on my last sentence was your opinion on my ideas of how to help Israel. :-)

  • fuzzywzhe

    I see it's not mentioned anywhere in this article that during the time Goldstone was doing all this stuff, Israel was an ALLY of Apartheid S. Africa.

    The hypocrisy of people who support Israel never ceases to amaze me.

  • Catmann

    I have read many of the posts, pro and con, regarding the Goldstone Report and depending on one's political bias those articles that will be embraced are those that resonate with the readers. In spite of all the discussion no one will be swayed, nothing will be resolved, the discussion will not lessen the escalation of tensions.

    My personal bias is that Gaza must be annihilated since it remains a threat. The hand wringing about the sociopaths that inhabit that area is completely unjustified since they have always been and will continue to be antagonistic. Moreover like all sociopaths they initiate a fight and, when they are defeated, they whine about the result. Osama bin Laden believes that Americans are responsible for the actions of their leadership which is his justification for attacking civilians. The leaders of Hamas in Gaza embrace this logic and use it as justification for attacking Israeli civilians. Yet they hold Israel to a different standard. What bunch of hypocrites.
    I am so angry that I hope that Hamas provokes Israel sufficiently to cause them to lay waste to that festering cancer called Gaza. That is the only viable resolution to this conflict.