If this wasn’t so tragic it would be funny in a dark sort of way:
In the wake of harsh criticism leveled at the Palestinian Authority over its decision to support delaying a vote in the UN Human Rights Council on passing the Goldstone Report to the General Assembly for further action, President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the establishment of an inquiry committee to examine the affair.
…Yasser Abed Rabbo, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said that following deliberations with top PA officials, Abbas decided to set up a committee tasked with determining who was behind the decision to support the deferral of the UN vote.
According to another PA official, the Palestinians pulled their support for the report’s endorsement by the Human Rights Council following talks with the US and Israel. He said the fact that Israel’s envoy to the UN in Geneva made the agreement public “complicated matters” for the Authority and made it appear as though it were cooperating with Israel “at the expense of those who were killed in Gaza.”
Over the weekend Hamas called the PA’s decision “a serious crime against our people, a betrayal of the blood of our martyrs and collaboration with the Zionist enemy.”
Just who runs the show at the PA anyway? You might be forgiven for thinking that Abbas and Salam Fayyad were playing that role. But I guess you’d be wrong. Who does the Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Council, who made this agreement, work for anyway?
While I don’t blame Hamas for shreying that this is a crime against the Palestinian people. Really all they needed to do was point out that if THEY represented the Palestinian people in Geneva you could be damn sure that Ismail Haniya would be directing his representative how to vote and not shrugging his shoulders three days later and wondering who made the decision and how.
While I have no great affection for Hamas, this is yet another example of why Fatah is the laughingstock of Palestine and of Palestinian political parties. And to think Tom Friedman was singing the praises of “Fayyadism” only a few weeks ago in the pages of the N.Y. Times!
One of the funniest statements in the article is the PA’s concern that the Geneva decision might make it appear they were collaborating with Israel. Gee, d’ya think? As I wrote in my first post about this ill-fated decision, it amounts to selling the blood of your fellow Gazans for a mess of porridge. And of course the horse is out of the barn. The PA can’t ask for a “do over” now that its shameful decision has become public knowledge. It will have to wait till March and hope the rest of the UN Human Rights Council will have interest and will to take up the measure again.
Frankly, I’ve never heard of the victim of war crimes ever cutting the legs out from under the chief international investigator in the middle of the investigation. This is a new one on me. I must say the bizarreness of human behavior never ceases to amaze me.
This report by Amira Haas makes Abbas look like even more of a fool:
Palestinian sources told Haaretz that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the decision to delay the vote immediately after meeting with the U.S. Consul General last Thursday, without the knowledge of the PLO leadership or the government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and without any consultation.