Children in Gaza held a public trial for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in which they sentenced him to life in prison over his refusal to demand a debate on a United Nations report saying Israel committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead.
The Palestinian children's parliament determined during the trial that Abbas was not worthy of his position, and the 'prosecutor' accused him of high treason.
"Abu Mazen insisted that the report be pulled from the Human Rights Council's agenda despite the support of 33 countries out of 47, in a move that saved Israel," he said. "Abu Mazen's move is defined by the penal code and the Palestinian constitution as treason and action against the top Palestinian interests."
Abbas was represented by a man who wore a picture of the leader on his face. He defended himself by saying, "Our need for new frequencies for my children's cell phone companies and Israeli and American pressure brought me to my decision. The decision was not ours because we are not represented at the council. Those who made the request were Pakistan and the Arab nations."
'Abbas' on trial in Gaza (Photo: AFP)
After he had made this statement, a 'Palestinian representative in the UN' intervened and said that seconds before the vote Saeb Erekat asked him to relay an official message from Abbas requesting the vote be delayed.
"I was stunned so I asked for this in writing and this is a picture I of the fax I received from the Mukataa in Ramallah. I won't be a scapegoat," said the mock-representative.
The 'judges' also heard testimonies from representatives of human rights organizations who were outraged at Abbas' conduct. They then passed down a life sentence to the Palestinian leader.
The children's parliament in Gaza was established before Hamas' hostile takeover of the Strip, while it was still ruled by the Palestinian Authority. It is currently under Hamas supervision, and the organization has criticized Abbas harshly in the aftermath of the Goldstone Report.