Abbas U-turn on war crimes report

Morning Star Online, Oct 4, 2009

U-TURN: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced growing outrage at home on Sunday over his decision to withdraw support for a United Nations report that accused Israel of committing war crimes in last winter’s Gaza war.

Mr Abbas’s U-turn is the result of intense US pressure, Palestinian officials said.

The report, by respected South African judge Richard Goldstone, will now lie dormant for at least six months rather than be sent to the UN general assembly with possible recommendations for action.

Israel, which denies the war crimes allegations, has warned that dealing with the Goldstone report now would derail peace efforts.

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