Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Palestinians say undeterred by USA move to 'protect Israeli crimes'

Palestinians say undeterred by USA move to 'protect Israeli crimes'

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

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

The submission urged the ICC to speed up the opening of a judicial investigation into "Israeli war crimes" that fall within the court's jurisdiction. He also indicated the Palestinians plan to join other worldwide bodies.

He accused USA officials of giving the Israeli government to press ahead with the demolition of Al-Kahn Al-Ahmar community in order to expand settlement projects east of Jerusalem. "The Trump administration wants to dismantle the worldwide order to ensure that it can stay above the laws and escape accountability".

"If the court comes after us, Israel or other United States allies, we will not sit quietly", Bolton said.

He added that "the current USA administration's policies starting with the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem last May unveiled its complete prejudice to the Israeli agenda". Bolton said the ICC "is already dead" to the U.S.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed Trump for the decision to shutter the Washington PLO mission.

"These moves aimed at pressing the Palestinian administration and indicated a mistaken understanding for the Palestinian historical struggle", Aboul-Gheit said.

Malaysia has expressed that it is deeply concerned and strongly disagrees with the recent positions taken by the United States (US) government with regards to Palestine. President Donald Trump is closing the Palestinian Liberation Organization‚à "ôs mission in Washington, the latest American strike against the Palestinians during the stalled Mideast peace process".

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Although the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO has maintained a "general delegation" office in Washington that facilitates Palestinian officials' interactions with the USA government.

Zomlot was recently recalled back to Ramallah amid a boycott of the the Palestinian leadership.

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

Khan al-Ahmar is in a key location near Jerusalem. Critics say its removal is meant to make room for an Israeli settlement.

Israel's Supreme Court last week rejected petitions against the demolition the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a USA peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.

Efforts to bridge the conflict have slumped to one of the lowest points since the 1993 agreement after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas halted ties with the Trump administration in December after the USA recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The court has been hobbled by the refusal of the U.S., Russia, China and other major nations to join.

"This is yet another affirmation of the Trump administration's policy to collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cutting financial support for humanitarian services including health and education", said PLO secretary-general Saeb Erekat.

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