Spy Cables: Trying to suppress the Goldstone Report

2015-02-24 05:00
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Doha - Leaked secret South Africa intelligence reports – dubbed the Spy Cables - include an account of the head of Israeli intelligence, Meir Dagan, lobbying on behalf of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to suppress the Goldstone Report.

The Spy Cables which have been obtained by news organisation Al Jazeera, span a period from 2006 to the end of 2014, and include detailed briefings and analyses written by the operatives. The broadcaster began breaking details of the documents on Monday.

Jurist Richard Goldstone had led a UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission that established war crimes were committed by both sides during Israel's 2008-2009 assault on Gaza which killed 1 400 Palestinians.

The 47-member council was poised to refer Judge Goldstone's findings to the UN General Assembly.  

Such a referral at the time was widely hyped as a devastating threat to Israel.  

The report could have paved the way for a formal international war crimes investigation (even though that would have certainly been prevented by a US veto at the UN Security Council). 

A secret intelligence report of the South African State Security Agency details an urgent call placed by the head of Mossad, Dagan, to his South African counterpart on the eve of the Human Rights Council vote.  

If the alleged claims made by Dagan about Abbas's preferences prove true, they offer further evidence that the man claiming to lead the Palestinian national movement has also worked to shield his occupier (Israel) from accountability for war crimes.

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