Goldstone Sent South African Blacks for Hanging

Published: May 5th 2010
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Judge Richard Goldstone
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Israel'sYediot Aharonot newspaper reported on Wednesday that Judge Richard Goldstone, who authored the report which accused Israel and the IDF of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in early 2009, has a dark past of his own.


According to the report, Goldstone was a judge in the court of appeals during the period of the apartheid in South Africa. During this time he implemented racist laws and sentenced many blacks to lashes and even to hanging. The report said that Goldstone sentenced 28 blacks to death when they appealed their conviction of murder. Furthermore, Goldstone, who has criticized countries who have the death penalty, supported this policy during the 1980s and 1990s and even wrote in one of his sentences that death is the only punishment that can deter murderers.


Goldstone responded to the allegations by saying that he has always been against death sentences but during the apartheid he had to respect the laws of the country. He added that he never discriminated against blacks even though at times he had to implement laws he was morally against.

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