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New York - Ex-Justice Department Official Working To bar Goldstone From U.S.

Published on: May 13, 2010 09:33 PM
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New York - well-known American Jewish attorney who worked to deport former Nazis from the US is urging American officials to bar former judge Richard Goldstone from entering the country over his rulings during South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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.

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Goldstone, the author of a report accusing Israel of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead, sat as a judge in South Africa during the apartheid regime. He has faced recent charges that he sent 28 black South Africans to their deaths. Goldstone has defended his rulings, saying he was part of the system and had to respect the laws of the land at the time, including enforcing laws he opposed.

In his judicial position, according to Sher, Goldstone was instrumental in effectuating and legitimizing a regime universally known for its widespread human rights abuses.

Sher, formerly director of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, was instrumental in deporting dozens of Nazi war criminals. He played a major role in placing Austrian president Kurt Waldheim on a watch list of people ineligible to enter the US.

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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 May 13, 2010 at 09:40 PM Yo Says:

''had to respect the laws of the land at the time, including enforcing laws he opposed.''

The nazis (ymach shemom) said the same in their defence about shoving Jews into ovens.

Keep Goldstone out of the US!!

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 May 13, 2010 at 10:07 PM Anonymous Says:

I have known Neil for several decades as a tireless advocate for protecting the rights of Jews throughout the world and never allowing ANYONE, jew or non-jew, to ever again threaten the lives of jews ANYWHERE. His efforts here may seem highly technical but would still be legitimate.

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 May 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Your "friend Neil" who you have known for decades has caused MORE HARM to the Jews of Israel than any other Jew before him.

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 May 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Very smart move it takes away his so called moral authority

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 May 13, 2010 at 11:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Your "friend Neil" who you have known for decades has caused MORE HARM to the Jews of Israel than any other Jew before him.

Please state any substantive basis for your accusations and vile comment

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 May 14, 2010 at 12:20 AM Look down the Road Says:

You always got to calculate consequences. If Judge Goldstein is barred, you can bet your knitted socks arab interest groups will start lobbying to bar anyone who ever fought in the IDF from entering the US.

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 May 14, 2010 at 12:38 AM anon Says:

Neal is terrific. Keep up the good work

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 May 14, 2010 at 05:34 AM Anonymous Says:

This is a PERFECT response to Goldstone's mesirah. G-d bless you Neil Sher.

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 May 14, 2010 at 08:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Look down the Road Says:

You always got to calculate consequences. If Judge Goldstein is barred, you can bet your knitted socks arab interest groups will start lobbying to bar anyone who ever fought in the IDF from entering the US.

You have to stop being such a coward you need to do what's right don't be afraid of what people will or may say.

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 May 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I have known Neil for several decades as a tireless advocate for protecting the rights of Jews throughout the world and never allowing ANYONE, jew or non-jew, to ever again threaten the lives of jews ANYWHERE. His efforts here may seem highly technical but would still be legitimate.

Even if it's only technical, Goldstone needs to know that he is a despised man. We should give him living hell as long as it's legal.

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 May 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Your "friend Neil" who you have known for decades has caused MORE HARM to the Jews of Israel than any other Jew before him.

How so? Please explain.

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 May 14, 2010 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Look down the Road Says:

You always got to calculate consequences. If Judge Goldstein is barred, you can bet your knitted socks arab interest groups will start lobbying to bar anyone who ever fought in the IDF from entering the US.

If that happens, every Arab who ever lived in Israel would be banned entry as terrorists.

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 May 14, 2010 at 02:56 PM Anonymous Says:

This should teach us all to "watch what comes out of our mouths!" It will bite us back sooner or later.

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 May 14, 2010 at 02:36 PM Anonymous Says:

No way he will be barred if we let Ahmedinejad in.

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 May 14, 2010 at 04:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Ahmedinejad has diplomatic immunity, he does not.

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