Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Palestine Renews ICC Push against Israel 'War Crimes'

Palestine Renews ICC Push against Israel 'War Crimes'

The decision to close the office is also consistent with administration and congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court.

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.

USA national security adviser John Bolton told the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, a conservative Washington-based organization, that the ICC does not have jurisdiction over Americans or personnel from other countries that not ratified the 1998 Rome Statue that led to the formation of the International Criminal Court in 2002.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the US administration's "clear stance in the matter".

In recent weeks, the United States has cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians as well as cancelled its support for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

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

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas cut off diplomatic talks with the USA administration after President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

Palestinian officials say the reason given for the closure was their stepped-up campaign at the ICC.

Trump has promised to pursue the "ultimate deal" between the Palestinians and Israel. Six percent said the billionaire American leader could be an honest peace broker.

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

The West Bank's leading pollster found a small group of Palestinians willing to give President Donald Trump's approach to Middle East peacemaking a chance.

Over the weekend, it announced it would cut $25 million in assistance for hospitals in east Jerusalem that provide critical care to Palestinian patients. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers (7 miles) away.

The Palestinian government said the ruling gave "occupation forces the authority to commit an global crime by forcibly displacing the 180 Palestinian citizens of Khan al-Ahmar".

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

"The U.S. administration has begun to attack the rights of the Palestinian people and global law", Maliki said at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, convened to discuss the issue.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called the measure a "New Year's gift" to Israel and the Jewish people.

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