Sunday, November 15, 2009


I am going decidedly, firmly, very much offline. I'm sending my ailing laptop off to a laptop hospital, and not looking back. If I see a PC from afar, I'll turn the other way and walk off unconcernedly. I. Will. Not. Connect. To. The. Internet.

Next week? We'll see about next week.


aiwac said...

Enjoy your week off, Yaacov. You've certainly earned it.

:) aiwac

David Boxenhorn said...

When you get back you want to look into this (Goldstone and Gold at Brandeis):

These are my comments (copied from my Facebook account):

So far I've only watched Goldstone's opening remarks. But I have the following comments to make, so far:
1. He admits that the "findings of fact" are in fact hearsay, and would not constitute evidence in a court of law. Nevertheless, he doesn't hesitate to draw conclusions from these "facts" (which are, in fact, falsehood), and accuse Israel of war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
2. He selectively quotes from the Israeli internal debate on how to defend itself to impute motives to the Israeli government as a whole.
3. He asserts that Israel has a right, even an obligation, to self-defense, yet does not permit any action by Israel which would, in fact, constitute self-defense.
4. He does not subject Hamas, an avowed terrorist organization, which openly proclaims objectives that are actual crimes against humanity, to a similar critique - neither qualitatively, nor quantitatively.


OK. I've watched the whole thing now, except for the introductory remarks by the organizers (which go on for something like half an hour!).


Dore Gold's remarks start off slow, but get better. I was disappointed that it was clearly entirely pre-prepared, and didn't respond to Goldstone's remarks which immediately precede his.


During the question-and-answer session, Goldstone comments that he is insulted by the fact that Israeli investigators have turned up no war crimes other than one instance of credit-card theft by a soldier. I am insulted that Goldstone, a judge, uses a tactic that was used in the US against minorities in the bad-old days, and against Jews throughout history: Invent particularly heinous crimes against innocent people, and then challenge the jury to overlook them. The fact that someone is accused of a particularly serious crime does not make it more likely that he is guilty!


I am disappointed that Dore Gold didn't bring up the fact that Goldstone himself admits that his report is hearsay, and hoist him on his own petard.

David Boxenhorn said...

Oops! I meant to say: "When you get back you might want to look into this..."

Have a good break!

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Anonymous said...

Looks gorgeous – enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Enjoy!. I wonder if December is a good month to go to this place.



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