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Mizan center: Delaying action on the UN report is a serious precedent
Mizan center: Delaying action on the UN report is a serious precedent
Younis belied the PA allegations that it wanted to create consensus on the report, saying there was international consensus on the report which was endorsed by 33 countries out of 46.
Monday, October 5,2009 19:34
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Issam Younis, the director of Al-Mizan center for human rights, said that the Palestinian Authority’s request to defer action on the UN report about Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip is a serious precedence entailing investigation and holding everyone involved accountable.

Younis belied the PA allegations that it wanted to create consensus on the report, saying there was international consensus on the report which was endorsed by 33 countries out of 46.

He pointed out that since 1967 until today, there has never been any consensus on any decision related to the Palestinian cause especially concerning the occupied Palestinian lands because the UN decisions are not taken unanimously, but by a majority vote.

Al-Mizan director’s speech came during a symposium organized on Saturday by the information office of Hamas in northern Gaza on the humanitarian and political dimensions of the PA’s withdrawal of its support for Goldstone’s report.

In a related context, Abbas’s envoy to the UN Ibrahim Khreisheh affirmed in his remarks to Al-Jazeera satellite channel on Sunday that he was in touch with Abbas before taking any decision against Goldstone’s report.

“We were talking with more than one party and group, and I was in direct contact with the leadership in Ramallah, then all of us decided to delay taking action on the report,” Khreisheh told the channel.

For their part, members of the executive committee of the Palestinian liberation organization (PLO) Abdelrahman Malluh and Ghassan Al-Shak’ah strongly criticized the PA for deciding to form a committee to investigate the delay of Goldstone’s report.

They said that this decision was taken after the damage which was inflicted on the Palestinian situation and Abbas himself because of his request to postpone the vote on the report.

The members noted that following a meeting of some members of the executive committee of the PLO on Saturday, they decided to make a recommendation to the committee to reject the formation of investigation committee as well as the PA position taken against Goldstone’s report.

In the same context, informed sources said on condition of anonymity that Mahmoud Abbas and his aides Yasser Abdelrabbo, Sa’eb Erekat and Salam Fayyad were the parties who decided to delay action on Goldstone’s report.

The sources confirmed that both the US and Israel pressured Abbas and Salam Fayyad using sometimes the language of persuasion and at other times the language of intimidation in order to make him act against the report.

The sources explained that the US threatened Abbas to stop its efforts for the resumption of peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis and to freeze its financial support for him and his government.

Israel, for its part, promised Abbas to give a license to the cellphone company, which was denied approval for a long time, in exchange for withdrawing his support for the report, according to the sources.

The son of Abbas is one of the partners in this company in addition to other Palestinian and Israeli businessmen.

tags: Goldstone / Gaza strip / War crimes / Palestine / UN Human Rights Council / UNRWA / Obama / Zionist / HRW / EU / UN report / Abbas
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