Head of anti-siege movement looking for additional support in UN as discussion turns to Goldstone 30Oct09 October 31, 2009

Palestine News Network -  30 October 2009


The United Nations General Assembly is meeting Wednesday to discuss the Goldstone report that that states Israeli forces committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip.

Support has wavered, depending on who is talking, but the UN Human Rights Commission did adopt the report.

For the upcoming General Assembly meeting, Palestinian Legislative Council deputy and Chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege, Jamal Al Khudari is calling for increased support. He asked that Arab and Islamic countries, as well as any friends of justice, mobilize additional champions when it is discussed in the General Assembly next week.

Upon publication of the findings, the Israeli leadership set about creating a public relations campaign to discredit the South African Zionist, Robert Goldstone, who penned the report, as well as the United Nations. Al Khudari said yesterday, “The Arab states must stand up in the face of Israeli attempts to influence the views of Member States to reduce the size of the vote on the Goldstone report and to weaken it.”

He continued, “The occupation must be punished internationally to stop this rogue behavior that rejects law and human rights, and instead engages in illegal and unjust practices, as well as refusing to comply with resolutions.”

The parliamentarian added that working for the application of the Goldstone recommendations could lead to communities leading free and dignified lives with the opening of the crossings and a lifting of the siege on Gaza.

Al Khudari also called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to go beyond asking the Israelis to end the siege on Gaza, but to instead put words into practice and apply actual pressure to the occupying administration.

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