Government says U.S. decision to close PLO office in Washington regrettable

13 September, 2018, 17:00 | Author: Bert Pena
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The accusation of breaking the US law came after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in a September United Nations General Assembly speech that the Palestinians had "called on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people".

The move also comes as the USA administration prepares to unveil a controversial Middle East peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".

The US threatened to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.

The plans have sparked global outcry over the continued displacement of Palestinians by Israel. "The Trump administration wants to dismantle the global order to ensure that it can stay above the laws and escape accountability".

"We will not cooperate with the ICC".

He added that "the current US administration's policies starting with the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem last May unveiled its complete prejudice to the Israeli agenda". "After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us", says Bolton's draft text.

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.

The administration also cited the refusal of Palestinian leaders to enter into peace talks with Israel as the reason for closing the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington, although the USA has yet to present its plan to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. USA officials said the decision may be reconsidered if the Palestinians entered into direct negotiations with Israel. In 2011, under the Obama administration, the United States started letting the Palestinians fly their flag over the office, an upgrade to the status of their mission that the Palestinians hailed as historic.

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The then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson considered the PLO accountable for contravening an allocation in the USA law that forbids the team from attempting to acquire the International Criminal Court to impeach Israelis for punishment against Palestinians.

The closure of the PLO office was the latest in a series of moves targeting the Palestinians.

The move comes after several financial measures the Trump administration has taken toward the Palestinians. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said.

The Israeli Court made a decision to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar near Jerusalem, displace Palestinian families in order to expand the settlement of Ma'aleh Adummim, among heavy popular resistance. European countries urged Israel this week to refrain from demolition. Khan al-Ahmar is situated outside Jerusalem between two Israeli settlements.

Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal last week and the hamlet is expected to be demolished soon.

Earlier, Palestinian activists had set up five shipping containers, one with a Palestinian flag, near Khan al-Ahmar to protest the razing plans. "To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a USA peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise".

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.

The other 90 percent interviewed by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research agreed with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the Trump administration is hopelessly biased in Israel's favor.

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