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Published Sunday 04/10/2009 (updated) 06/10/2009 10:14
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the Gaza Izbet Abed Rabbo area [MaanImages]
Ramallah/Gaza – Ma’an – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered an investigation into why his own government delayed international action on a United Nations report calling for investigations on alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Reacting to this decision, the ruling Hamas movement in Gaza said the investigation was not enough. Party spokesperson Ismail Radwan said since Abbas is himself the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), he cannot investigate the PLO’s actions.

“We do not need to form a national investigating committee but to form a committee to bring to account those responsible [for the decision,]" Radwan said.

There was an outpouring of public anger at Abbas and his leadership when the PLO mission to the UN in Geneva dropped its endorsement of Justice Richard Goldstone’s report in the UN Human Rights Council last week. The PLO’s move, reportedly under US pressure, led the Council to delay action on Gaza until March 2010.

The secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo said in a statement, “after deliberations among President Abbas and members of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, President Abbas issued a decree to form a committee to find the reasons behind postponement of the debate on Goldstone’s report at the UN Human Rights Council.

“The mission of the committee will be specifying the responsibilities concerning this issue and to submit a report to PLO Executive Committee within two weeks,” the statement added.

National consensus against deferral

In Gaza, the leaders of nationalist and Islamic political factions held a meeting to discuss the deferral of action on the UN’s report on Gaza. After the meeting, Islamic Jihad leader Muhammad Al-Hindi said that the factions agreed there needed to be an independent investigation into how the decision was made.

Al-Hindi said the factions also agreed to hold a “popular conference” in Gaza on Monday to give voice to what he said was a “national consensus” against “this dangerous precedent.”

“Those convening [the meeting] reject all of the naïve, misleading, contradictory justifications that were mentioned to excuse the postponement decision.”

Al-Hindi also said the groups praised the PLO itself for opposing the deferral and seeking an independent investigation.

Gaza-based Fatah leader Abdullah Abu Samhadana said his movement is part of a national consensus that rejects the decision to postpone action on the Goldstone report.

The PLO’s apparent capitulation in the Human Rights Council was widely denounced by the political factions, civil society organizations and the families of the victims of Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza last winter.

The latest official to condemn the PLO’s actions in the Human Rights Council was Salim Zanoun, the speaker of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, he said he was “shocked” at the decision to delay action on the report.

Zanoun said he supported calls for an investigation to find out who was responsible for the Geneva move.

According to the news agency AFP, Palestinian Authority Minister of National Economy Bassem Khoury tendered his resignation over the PA's involvement in the deferral of the Goldstone report. In an interview with Ma’an however, he refused to confirm or deny this report.

Also on Saturday, a coalition of 16 Palestinian human rights and legal organizations condemned the PA and PLO leadership in a news conference in Gaza.

“As human rights organizations we strongly condemn the Palestinian leaderships’ decision to defer the proposal endorsing all the recommendations of the Fact Finding Mission, and the pressure exerted by certain members of the international community,” the organizations said in a statement read at the news conference.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” the groups said.
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1 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 16:00
Abbas orders his image to be laundered. He thinks we are gullible. If this is true and authentic, its very worrisome as it implies he is not in control of the PA but Dayton and Washington is in full control. Either way, it is reason to force this man out of politics and Palestine ASAP. Elections!

2 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 16:04
Reading the article once more, I could not help but notice that the PLO is probing / investigating itself? Members of the Executive Committee of the PLO were at the purported meeting and agreed to a 2-week investigation as to why PLO officials took this decision? What a bunch of incompetent fools!

3 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 16:06
My conclusion is that the PA is in "Dammage Control" mode, putting on a theatrical show. It's the story of an irrelevant authority that "fights back" and "does something" or at least tries to do so, after it killed the report with its own hands. This article is for consumption by gullible people.

4 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 21:18
Abbas should immediately be arrested and stripped of all his "presidential" powers (what powers? He needs israeli permission to breath...) then swiftly put on trial by an independent judiciary. If found guilty of treason and gross negligeance i suggest he is deported immediately.

5 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 21:20
There's a misconception that we Palestinians are yet another muted, oppressed Arab people afraid of the authorities and corwardly staying silent in the face of injustice and abuse of power. Not this time Abbas. By God, you will not escape the consequences of this fatal error.

6 ) Nour / Palestine
04/10/2009 21:21
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED. Spread the word. Israel: GAME OVER.

7 ) Paul / Canada
04/10/2009 22:00
The Palestinian people deserve much better than that monkey Abbas.The PLO has just told the world that the men and women who were massacred in Gaza this past winter mean nothing. Their deaths mean nothing to Abbas. His lust for money and power are his only motivation.

Shame on Abbas and the PLO

8 ) assad / USA
04/10/2009 22:45
abbas is going to probe himself? hahahaha!!! while contemplating his navel? it will be just like when the IDF 'investigates' itself....after a day of doing nothing it will proclaim itself 'not guilty'....abbas is a fast learner (not)

9 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
05/10/2009 00:17
From WIB-LA: "Sources requesting anonymity" stated that the US threatened to cut off all PA aid and stop tax revenues that paid PA salaries, so Fayyad pressured Abbas to withdraw the Goldstone report support resolution. Abbas was angered by HR-organization and faction opposition to the withdrawal.

10 ) S / Finland
05/10/2009 06:43
Abbas has always been completely ridicilous with his statements and his great decisions in "protecting the palestinian people". This man is really a slave for Israeli zionists who make him dance with couple US dollars. RIDICILOUS. I think the UN should buy him a mirror or something.

11 ) abbascan / turkiye
30/04/2011 14:50
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