Neal Sher, a former Justice Department lawyer and Aipac director, has demanded that the U.S. government refuse admittance to Richard Goldstone as an undesirable. Of course, the media outlet that announced this development is the home of pro-Israel incitement, the Jerusalem Post:
In a letter sent to US officials, Neal Sher, a former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said that recently disclosed information about Goldstone’s apartheid-era rulings raised questions about whether he was eligible to enter the United States. The letter was sent to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Attorney-General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Individuals who admit to acts that constitute a crime of moral turpitude¨are ineligible to enter the US, Sher charged. The recent public revelations, to which Goldstone has reportedly admitted, would appear to fit within this provision. At a minimum, there is ample basis for federal authorities to initiate an investigation into this matter, Sher said.
…In his judicial position, according to Sher, Goldstone was instrumental in effectuating and legitimizing a regime universally known for its widespread human rights abuses.
Of course, all of this is a heap of steaming manure. What I always enjoy in reading such attacks from the likes of Dershowitz and Sher is their utter indifference to black South Africans during the apartheid regime. All of a sudden when Israel’s ox is being gored (in their view) , the pro-Israel crowd goes into high dudgeon on behalf of a group of people for whom they could previously have cared less. You’ll also hear nary a peep out of these professional hasbarists about the nuclear and military assistance provided by Israel to the very same apartheid regime which was executing many more than the 28 victims of South African justice whose capital cases Richard Goldstone reviewed on appeal.
You also won’t hear a peep out of Sher-Dershowitz about the critical rulings Goldstone wrote which struck down the homelands policy, which was the keystone of the racist system. It was this ruling that most experts agree spelled the beginning of the end of apartheid. You won’t hear a peep from these pro-Israel jackals about Judge Goldstone’s stellar work on international courts seeking to redress the crimes committed in Rwanda and Kosovo.
The truth is that neither Dershowitz or Sher have the right to shine Goldstone’s shoes (I guess people don’t do this anymore, but you get the idea). If anyone is ‘undesirable’ it is Sher and not Goldstone. But as a citizen, we have to suffer Sher’s presence. Having Judge Goldstone in this country, where he is teaching at Georgetown University, does honor to us and our justice system. Neal Sher…not so much.
Make no mistake, this is incitement of the lowest form. It should be impermissible for a responsible Jewish leader to make such statements and retain the respect of his colleagues in the leadership. At least the Post does acknowledge that Sher’s ethical record has plenty of blemishes which make you wonder how he retains any credibility criticizing Judge Goldstone’s:
Sher had his own brush with trouble later, when he was investigated for misappropriating funds from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims.
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