Palestinian Authority Recommends Whitewashing Gaza War Crimes
Who do they serve anyway? It's clear from the sham peace talks and a new development. The Mahmoud Abbas-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) wants Israel absolved of accountability for Cast Lead crimes of war and against humanity. No matter that conclusive evidence exposed them, the result of the IDF's 23-day day rampage, killing over 1,400, injuring over 5,000, many severely, and practically leveling wide areas of Gaza, affecting mostly civilian and non-military related targets.
Besides other investigations, two UN Human Rights Council (HRC) ones unequivocally condemned Israel's lawlessness, each demanding accountability.
On September 21, the HRC's independent fact finding Committee issued a stinging indictment, among other conclusions, saying:
"It was clear to the Committee that the IDF had not distinguished between civilians and civilian objects and military targets. Both the loss of life and the damage to property were disproportionate to the harm suffered by Israel or any threatened harm."
Israel clearly violated Fourth Geneva and other international laws. Responsible officials must be held accountable.
"Israel's actions could not be justified as self-defense." It was unequivocal aggression.
"The Committee found that the IDF was responsible for the crime of indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians....It rejected Israel's determination of who is a civilian."
"The Committee found that the IDF was responsible for the crime of killing, wounding and terrorizing civilians."
The Committee called the IDF "responsible for the wanton destruction of property and that such destruction could not be justified on grounds of military necessity."
The Committee called Cast Lead crimes so outrageous, "it was compelled to consider whether (genocide) had been committed."
The Committee thus concluded that Israel "committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and, possibly genocide in the course of Operation Cast Lead."
In 2009, the Goldstone Commission highlighted the gravity of Israel's crimes, saying:
Its "report concludes that the Israeli military operation was directed at the people of Gaza as a whole....(It was) a deliberate policy of (collective punishment and) disproportionate force (to) willfully (kill) hundreds of civilians," and inflict extensive "disproportionate" destruction of hospitals, homes, mosques, schools, and other civilian structures.
"As a service to the hundreds of civilians who needlessly died and for the equal application of international justice, the perpetrators of (these) serious violations must be held to account."
Mahmoud Abbas said no. His permanent Geneva Human Rights Council envoy, Ibrahim Khraishi, presented a draft resolution not to pursue Israel's accountability, wanting coverup and whitewash instead.