Palestinians facing "intensive pressure" not to sue Israel

Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Palestinians are facing "intensive pressure" not to sue Israel for war crimes at the International Criminal Court should they win upgraded UN status this week, an official said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Ramallah, senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said the Palestinian leadership had not given in to heavy international pressure to commit that they would not sue Israeli officials at the ICC should they win recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations.

"We have not succumbed to pressure, we did not give any commitment," she said, speaking a day before Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was to present the upgrade request to the UN General Assembly in New York.

"We haven't decided that tomorrow we are going to be recognized as a state and the day after, we are going to the International Criminal Court," Ashrawi said.

Most of the pressure came from the British government, she said.

"The UK did try in an intensive effort to modify the text (of the resolution) and to get assurances and commitments," she explained.

"It wasn't only the UK but it was the most visible. We know that Israel, of course, was working through the US and through the UK to try and get commitments that Israel will not be taken to the International Criminal Court."

If the request is approved by the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly -- which is largely seen as a foregone conclusion -- it will give the Palestinians access to a range of UN agencies and also potentially to the ICC, which is based in The Hague.

Israel strongly opposes the UN bid, saying a Palestinian state can only emerge through bilateral negotiations and not through a vote by the global body. Officials fear the Palestinians will use their new-found status to take legal action against Israeli officials at the ICC.

Ashrawi said she hoped that the threat alone would be enough to make Israel think twice about its actions vis-a-vis the Palestinians.

"We hope that this will be a positive inducement for corrective action" on the part of Israel, she said.

"It is our right to join all international agencies and organizations and we will accede to all international charters and conventions. We reserve our right to decide on how and when to proceed in accordance with our best interests."

(AFP)

Comments

The US and Israel will now make the ICC as a controversial institiution and go after its judges. They will also stop its funding and order their vassals of GCC arabs to follow them. Just like they did for UNESCO.

Israel has had to repeatedly defend herself against barbaric, pagan Arab Muslims as have many other nations such as the United States, Spain, France, Great Britain and Russia. All these nations have experienced the bloodthirsty Muslim pagans and infidels in their illegal activities in trying to invade and conquer the lands of other peoples. Those followers of the false prophet Mohammed and his infidel followers refuse to leave others to live in peace, repeatedly attacking Jews, Christians, Hindus, Bahais and anyone who will not bow down and worship the false prophet Mohammed and his pagan religion.

Of course the Palestinian Islaminazis should meet the same fate as Hitler and his Nazis.

All the nations which you mentioned have a long history of conquering and subjugating others, so don't expect the "Islaminazis" to smile when you invade their lands and support puppet rulers. Enjoy the Hispanic takeover of the Southwest something which enrages your ilk and which you have no power to stop.

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