Palestinians weigh pushback over USA penalties

13 September, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Trump administration to threaten ICC judges with sanctions, prosecution

Over the weekend, the USA also announced it was closing the Palestinians' de facto embassy in Washington, deepening Palestinian anger and mistrust.

The Trump administration announced Monday that the in Washington, D.C., will close, and essentially dared the International Criminal Court to push back against that decision.

"We lost the USA administration but we gained our national rights", Zomlot told the Associated Press.

The move comes a day after the USA closed the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington because of its leaders' refusal to enter peace talks with Israel.

This move also follows the State Department's announcement last August that the administration is slashing more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians following a review that President Trump ordered to ensure the spending was aligned with USA national interests.

He has cited the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians and the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

Erekat said that Palestine's submission to the ICC was over the Israeli high court decision pertaining to the demolition and forcible displacement of the Palestinian community of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar. The PLO said it has held nine meetings and submitted around 10 letters and 11 communications to the ICC concerning the Israeli violations of human rights in Palestinian territories.

Senior diplomat Dr. Saeb Erekat demanded the global community to intervene in what he argued were USA "attacks against the worldwide system as a whole" to defend Israel.

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The Trump administration's latest measures against the Palestinians and their leadership are an attack on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Global powers say its demolition could enable Israeli settlement expansion that would eventually cut the West Bank in two, further threatening the prospects of an independent Palestinian state.

Palestinian activists have set up five shipping containers near a Bedouin hamlet to protest the expected razing of the West Bank encampment by Israel, AP reported Tuesday.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said the PLO mission was only good at spreading hatred and incitement and made no effort to advance peace.

The State Department announced this month that the United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar, an encampment of corrugated shacks east of Jerusalem, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometres (7 miles) away.

The decision to close the PLO office "is part of the open war waged by the U.S. administration and its Zionist team against our Palestinian people, their cause and just and legitimate rights", it said.

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