Below is an open letter to the Palestinian Quisling Leader, Mahmud Abbas. It is signed by many well known supporters of the Palestinians, including Noam Chomsky, and key Palestinian activists like Omar Barghouti.
If you agree, sign! Tony Greenstein
An Open Letter to Mahmud ‘Abbas on the Goldstone Report:
We are a diverse group of Palestinians, solidarity activists, and supporters of human rights and international law. We write to join the Palestinian political parties, civil society groups, trade unions, and citizens that have condemned the recent decision at the UN Human Rights Council to withdraw Palestinian support for a resolution endorsing the report of the “UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict,” led by Richard Goldstone.
We consider this decision a betrayal of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and of broader efforts to promote human rights and a just international system.
Although we have no illusions that the Goldstone report would have guaranteed accountability for the atrocities committed in Gaza, we recognize it as an important tool in mobilizing the world community for the cause of peace and justice in the region. We also understand that Israel and its allies exerted pressure on you to bury the report. But by withdrawing support for a resolution in the Human Rights Council, you have done more to undermine these efforts than all of the sustained, high-level attacks by Israel and its allies combined. You have squandered the support of the world community for no good reason.
We understand that you have appointed a committee to investigate how and why the Goldstone report was shelved. Such an inquiry is not needed to tell us that the person ultimately responsible for this disastrous decision is you. We are outraged that the self-described leader of a national liberation movement would seek to evade responsibility for such a reckless and damaging error.
Furthermore, we believe this self-inflicted wound raises serious doubts about the soundness of your leadership and the authority of the diplomatic missions under your control worldwide to represent the interests of the Palestinian people.
As Palestinians and non-Palestinian supporters of universal rights, our solidarity is first and foremost with the Palestinian people. We stand together for all actions that strengthen the national liberation movement and a just international system. Your most recent decision so egregiously undermines these goals that it leaves us with no choice but to clarify the contours of our solidarity – to stand with the Palestinian people and against you.
We demand that you restore full Palestinian diplomatic support for advancing the Goldstone report through the United Nations system, including to the Security Council and the International Criminal Court.
Furthermore, we reiterate our support for efforts to restore the unity and legitimacy of the Palestinian national struggle. Until such unity is restored, any appeals for solidarity or support from you or your subordinates will carry no weight.
Meanwhile, we pledge ourselves to redoubling our efforts for a just peace in the region based on respect for human rights and international law, including the right to self-determination – with or without your help.
Noam Chomsky Omar Barghouti Noura Erakat, Georgetown University Mahmood Mamdani Iyad al Sarraj, Gaza Community Mental Health Program Mamduh al Akr Nur Masalha, Director, Centre for Religion and History and Holy Land Research Project, St. Mary’s University College (UK) A/Prof Bassam Dally, The Australian Friends of Palestine Dror Feiler, Chair, JIPF (Judar för Israelisk Plaestinsk Fred), Sweden Keith Hammond, Scottish Committee for the Universities of Palestine Dr. Sara Roy Philip Weiss Salim Tamari, Director, Institute of Jerusalem Studies Daniel Machover, Chair, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, London Hasan Khader Nahed Samour, German-Palestinian Lawyers’ Association Abraham Melzer, Editor, SEMIT Jewish Magazine, 63263 Neu-Isenberg, Germany Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, Professor, Bethlehem University Ingrid Jaradat Gassner, Director, BADIL Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Dr. Nancy Murray, President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation Matan Cohen, co-founder Anarchists Against The Wall, SJP Hampshire College. Member- Boycott From Within Salman Abu Sitta Islah Jad Salih Abdul Jawwad Joel Kovel Elaine C. Hagopian, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Sociology, Simmons College, Boston Elliott Colla, Dept. of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University Nora Lester Murad Dr. Marcy Newman Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts-Boston Eyal Weizman Noel Ignatiev, Edward Said Visiting Professor of American Studies, American University of Beirut Dr. Anat Matar, head of Israeli Association for the Palestinian Prisoners, Prof., Tel Aviv University Marc Estrin, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Thomas Asher, President, The American Council Mousa Budeiri, Prof., Birzeit University, Israeli-Occupied West Bank Rachel Giora, Prof., Tel Aviv University Khalid Farraj Zakariyya Muhammad Paolo Canarutto, European Jews for a Just Peace Tony Greenstein, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods/Brighton PSC