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Hamas: Geneva move latest in PA-Israel 'conspiracy'

Oct. 2, 2009 6:11 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 3, 2009 12:52 P.M.)
Gaza – Ma'an – Hamas denounced the Palestinian Authority for postponing debate on the Goldstone report at the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, an official said in a statement.

"This move is reflective of the conspiracy between the PA in Ramallah and the Israeli occupation," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, alleging that the PA was involved in Israel's assault on Gaza last winter.

The official said Hamas was astonished when it learned the PA's envoy had withdrawn the report "at New York's request," and urged international organizations to nevertheless "reveal the details of the Israeli massacre" and demand condemnation for "crimes that were committed in Gaza by Israeli soldiers."

Other Palestinian movements and officials were similarly incensed.

The Popular Resistance Committees, another Gaza-based Palestinian faction, similarly denounced the decision.

"Withdrawing the report amounts to a new cover for the [Israeli] occupation's crimes and an international blessing toward ever crime committed by the occupation," the PRC said in a statement.

Mustafa Al-Bargouthi, who heads the Palestinian National Initiative, told Ma'an that "there was a guaranteed majority in the Human Rights Council to condemn Israel... We denounce this postponement to issuing a resolution on Goldstone's report."

Meanwhile, the secretary-general of the Palestine People's party, Bassam As-Salhi, called for an urgent meeting of the PLO's Executive Committee "to discuss Khraisha's act," which As-Salhi called "dangerous."
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