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Saturday, September 03, 2011

PA: Palmer report "violates international law" (updated)

From Ma'an:
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday condemned a UN report into a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla as a political document not based on international law.

"This report is terrible and negative. It's a purely political report, it's not legal," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said of the report on the May 2010 raid which killed nine Turkish activists.

"It's a political report that is not based on international law, but on the contrary, it violates international law, because the Gaza Strip is still under Israeli occupation," he told AFP.

"Israel's actions against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has reached the level of war crimes," he said.
I have a feeling we will not see a scholarly repudiation of the Palmer report by Erekat, and that his criticisms will remain on the level of the political equivalent of schoolyard insults.

UPDATE: Challah Hu Akbar notes that the PA criticized the report without even reading it!