RAMALLAH Jan. 26 (JMCC) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a committee to follow up on the Palestinian Authority's obligations according to the United Nations' report on the war in Gaza last year.
The UN report, widely referred to as the Goldstone report, calls on the Palestinian Authority to investigate the detention and mistreatment of Hamas members in the West Bank.
It also cites complaints by human rights organizations that West Bank authorities are discharging or refusing to pay certain Palestinian civil servants suspected of affiliating with Hamas.
These measures, says the report, are inconsistent with international human rights conventions and Palestinian law.
The committee appointed by Abbas will be headed by Issa Abu Sharar. Other members are Zuheir Sourani, Ghassan Faramand, Yasser Amouri and Nasser al-Rayes.
The United Nations report resulted from widespread allegations of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinians during Israel's 23-day offensive into the Gaza Strip.