Haneyya says the PA tries to distort our real position towards Goldstoneā€™s report 15Oct09 October 16, 2009

The Palestinian Information Center -Ā  15 October 2009

Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya stated Wednesday that those who caused the scandal of delaying Goldstoneā€™s report are trying to distort the real position of the government and the movement of Hamas in Gaza toward the report, stressing that their repeated speeches of lies would never erase their shame.

These remarks came during a popular ceremony held by war victims outside the cabinet headquarters in Gaza in protest at the PA position against Goldstoneā€™s report.

Haneyya stressed in his speech that his government fully cooperated with the committee of UN investigator Richard Goldstone that visited the Gaza Strip following the last Israeli war and provided it with all it needed, adding that any statements about the resistance or the Palestinian peopleā€™s right to defend themselves did not mean that Hamas was against the report.

In another related context, the Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said Wednesday that the ministry of foreign affairs conducted a series of consultations in order to get ready for the discussion of Goldstoneā€™s report intended to take place today in Geneva.

Spokesman for the ministry Yigal Plumor told the newspaper that Israel considers the report very dangerous and based entirely on Hamas propaganda.

The Hebrew radio also reported that Israeli war minister Ehud Barak discussed last night on phone with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Spain and Norway the issue of Goldstoneā€™s report on Israeli war crimes and its reflections on what he called the global fight against terrorism.

The European campaign to end the siege on Gaza warned that delaying the discussion of Goldstoneā€™s report once again at the UN human rights council would contribute to the denial of the Palestinian peopleā€™s right to judicial justice and would constitute a waiver of the victimsā€™ rights.


The campaign called for moving forward with Goldstoneā€™s report regardless of the pressure exercised against the Palestinian Authority, which requested last time to defer action on the report for six months.

For his part, spokesman for Islamic Jihad in Palestine Ahmed Al-Mudallal said that the PA position against Goldstoneā€™s report last time deepened the rift in the Palestinian arena and undermined the national reconciliation.

He added that the delay of such a report was a scandal and a crime that cannot be defended by anyone.

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