Under Duress, Palestinians Cave In on Gaza War Report
Posted on Oct 3, 2009
Under heavy U.S. pressure and threat of being denied critical communication infrastructure by Israel, Palestinian officials have removed their support for a U.N. report that criticized as war crimes some of Israel’s actions during its war in Gaza.
The UN today put off action on a report criticising Israel’s actions during the war in Gaza after Palestinian leaders suddenly dropped their support for a resolution, apparently under heavy US pressure.
The decision marked a surprising reversal in the Palestinian position which, until now, had backed the findings of the report by the South African judge Richard Goldstone.
Goldstone accused both Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas of war crimes during the three-week conflict.
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The U.N. report details what it calls war crimes by Israel, including the use of white phosphorus chemical weapons against the civilian population. The inquiry also found evidence that Palestinian militant groups committed war crimes.