The adoption of the report by the 49-member UN Human Rights Council was seen as a key step towards eventually bringing war crimes charges against Israeli leaders and Palestinian fighters at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Abbas denies he is to blame for delaying the UN vote to endorse the Goldstone report [AFP]
The 575-page report blamed both the Israeli military and the Palestinian fighters for war crimes during Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip between December and January, but was more critical of Israeli troops for "targeting and terrorising civilians". But the council on Friday deferred endorsement of the report until March, as requested by sponsors of the resolution, acting on behalf of the Palestinians.
Critics have alleged that Abbas bowed to US pressure on the resolution, but the Palestinian president on Sunday dismissed the criticism. "The issue of postponing the vote didn't come from us - we are not members of this international organisation [UN Human Rights Council]," he said."I believe all the Arab brothers are members of the organisation and they all know very well that the postponement of the vote happened with their knowledge and approval."
Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh, reporting from the West Bank, said human rights organisations and Palestinian political factions - including the president's own Fatah movement – had been escalating their expressions of anger and condemnation about their leadership's decision to support the withdrawal.
Hundreds of people in the West Bank city of Ramallah protested against the Palestinian Authority's decision to support a delay to a UN vote on whether to endorse the findings of the report, which was authored by Richard Goldstone, a former South African judge. Protesters gathered on Monday waving placards saying the delay "insults the blood of the martyrs and wounds our people". "[The decision] was a knife in the backs and in the hearts of all the martyrs," Jamal al-Jumaa, a protester, said. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/10/200910523169821654.htm
Ясное дело, что Аббас - американо-израильская марионетка! Только вот чем больше палестинцы будут выступать против него, тем больше США будут его поддерживать. Раздувать конфликт - это их любимое дело, собственно, отказавшись признать в 2006 году выборы в Палестине, победу на которых одержал Хамас, США сначала создали почву для гражданской войну между Фатх и Хамас, а потом следствием всего это стала и кровавая израильская операция "Литой свинец". И сейчас, боюсь, что-то будет...