Palestine Papers: PA stonewalled the Goldstone vote

The Palestine Papers reveal:

On October 2, 2009, the UN Human Rights Council was widely expected to pass a resolution supporting the Goldstone Report, the UN’s probe of war crimes committed during Israel’s war in Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009.

The Council instead agreed to delay a vote on the report until March 2010, following major reservations expressed by the Palestinian Authority, the United States and Israel.

A UNHRC endorsement of the report would have brought Israeli officials one step closer to prosecution before a war crimes tribunal, an event many Palestinians were anxious to see.

But, as The Palestine Papers reveal, the Palestinian Authority apparently sacrificed a potential victory for Palestinian victims in exchange for favorable assurances on negotiations from the United States and, they hoped, from Israel.

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5 thoughts on “Palestine Papers: PA stonewalled the Goldstone vote

  1. Vince J.

    Palestinian Authority is only ‘authority’ in name. It was never elected by the 2006 democratic vote.

  2. Norman

    I wonder where the Palestinian Papers come from that Al Jazeera published? Seems that some one has opened Pandora’s box in the Middle East. I read a report this morning that the flight of money out of these various countries in the Middle East, especially the Oil Producing countries has taken off, which means there is real concern that the events may engulf the whole region. The so called Domino effect? “O” would be wise to pull back if not out of the area, instead of trying to prop up these oligarchs.

  3. dickerson3870

    RE: “O” would be wise to pull back if not out of the area, instead of trying to prop up these oligarchs. – Norman
    MY COMMENT: I suspect Dennis Ross (“Israel’s lawyer”) will tell Obama otherwise.

  4. richard01

    I suspect that the US has irretrievably fucked up its relationships in the Middle East by being so subservient to Israel. They’ve already ‘lost’ Tunisia; Egypt is on the way, and Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia can’t be far behind.
    Obama is just a puppet of some extremely nasty people who put him in power , but then held the threat over him that they might expose his activities in ‘Man’s Country’ , a Chicago gay club

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