UNHCR to convene Thursday afternoon in Geneva on Goldstone Report

The Palestinian leadership has managed to get support from enough of the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva to agree to re-convene on Thursday afternoon to re-consider the Goldstone report, mandated by the HRC, to look into last winter’s war in Gaza. The meeting is expected to go into Friday […]

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Abbas finally addresses his people – and things get worse

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) made a live televised speech at 8pm on Sunday evening — his first since the storm of protests about the Palestinian decision to withhold support, in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva some ten days ago, for the report issued by the Fact-Finding Mission into last winter’s Gaza […]

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Political crisis continues in Ramallah

Due to having to deal with an internet connectivity problem I’ve had for the past month, I was not in Manara Square (circle) in Ramallah early this afternoon when demonstrators arrived protesting the circumstances surrounding a¬† Palestinian decision not to support the Goldstone report on last winter’s IDF war in Gaza , but I was [&helli...

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Worst Palestinian political crisis in years

There is chaos in Ramallah, as Palestinian politicians fumble for explanations of why — and even how — the Palestinian Ambassador in Geneva was authorized to withdraw support for a resolution he had been pushing to have the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva endorse the findings of the Goldstone Fact-Finding Mission¬†that look...

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Is there a Quid Pro Quo – or was it a cave-in?

The Palestinian decision to “withdraw” support for a resolution they were pushing in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva remains unexplained — at least, to the Palestinian people — on Friday night. The draft resolution would have called for support of the report submitted by South Africa’s Justice Richard Goldstone, ...

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Report: Palestinians bow to pressure on Goldstone Report

A surprising report in Haaretz on Thursday night: Israel is now off the hook at the United Nations, because ” The Palestinian Authority on Thursday decided to drop its draft resolution condemning Israel’s conduct during the Gaza Strip offensive, in effect deferring its adoption of the Goldstone’s Commission report accusing both si...

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Netanyahu discusses establishing Israeli commission of inquiry on Gaza war

The Jerusalem Post reported that “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was expected to meet with his top ministers on Wednesday evening, for the second time in one day, to discuss establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate IDF actions during Operation Cast Lead”. However, this is not being painted as a any kind of concession to [&...

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