Hamas calls for dropping Abbas' Palestinian ID over UN Gaza report delay

11:48, October 06, 2009      

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A senior Hamas leader on Monday called for taking the Palestinian nationality off President Mahmoud Abbasover the Palestinian National Authority's (PNA) request to postpone voting on a Gaza war report at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

"I call on the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) to work hard on procedures to strip Mahmoud Abbas and everyone who joined him in this crime off the Palestinian nationality," Mahmoud Zahar, a member of Hamas politburo, said during a special session for the Hamas-dominated PLC in Gaza city.

Zahar also demanded an investigation into the PNA's role in the UNHRC's decision to postpone the voting on a UN fact-finding mission into Israel's December-January offensive against the Gaza Strip to March next year.

"In this way, we can punish everyone committing crimes against our people," he added.

On Sunday, Abbas opened an investigation into the matter, but Hamas said his step "was aimed at throwing dust in the eyes of the people and a despair attempt to evade his direct responsibility in the postponement."

The Gaza report, led by South African jurist Richard Goldstone, found Israel guilty of committing war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. It also said the rockets on southern Israel territories, fired by Hamas during the fighting, violated laws of wars.

The PNA denied that it had supported the postponement, but the Palestinian ambassador to Geneva Ibrahim Khrisheh confirmed that he asked the UNHRC on Friday to delay the voting to the next session in March 2010 "to secure more consensus against Israel."

Source: Xinhua
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