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PA About-Face, Opposes Goldstone Report

by Maayana Miskin

(IsraelNN.com) October 2, 2009
The Palestinian Authority initially expressed strong support for the United Nations' Goldstone Report, which charged Israel with war crimes in connection with the late 2008-early 2009 Cast Lead counter-terror offensive in Gaza.
However, on Thursday night PA officials told Arab media that they would not support the report in a UN Human Rights Council vote on Friday.

After having termed the report “professional” and “unbiased” when it was first released, the PA has now backtracked and seeks several months in which to study the document.

PA negotiator Saeb Erekat denied reports of waning PA support for the document on Friday. Erekat said the PA continues to back the report.

Whether or not the PA supports the report, due to its observer status at the UN it will be unable to cast a vote. However, the PA's stance is likely to influence votes cast by the Committee of Islamic Nations.

Arab media reported that the PA had begun to oppose the Goldstone report because the report states that Israel had the right to fight Gaza terrorists following rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. Gaza terrorists had targeted Israelis in Gaza, and later in the Negev, for eight years prior to the Cast Lead operation.

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