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“The judge who presided over the inquiry into Operation Cast Lead but then retracted part of his findings has criticised those who accuse Israel of being an apartheid state. South African judge Richard Goldstone said that the claim that Israel pursued “apartheid” policies was a “particularly pernicious and enduring canard” and one that, when employed, did “a disservice to all who hope for justice and peace”. He said it was important to separate “legitimate criticism of Israel” from assaults that aimed to “isolate, demonise and delegitimise it”. In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Judge Goldstone said he “knew all too well” what an apartheid system was and described it as “an unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel, calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations”….Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, said Judge Goldstone’s comments this week represented “a powerful condemnation of the exploitation of the bitter experience of the victims of South African apartheid for use in immoral attacks against Israel.””