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Palestinians warn Israel must be held accountable over settlements
Published Tuesday 04/12/2012 (updated) 06/12/2012 14:31
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The Palestinians accused Israel in a letter to the United Nations of planning to commit further "war crimes" by expanding Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood and warned that Israel must be held accountable.

In the letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, the Palestinians said Israel was behaving "in a rogue, hostile and arrogant manner, contravening all principles and rules of international law and reacting with contempt to the will of the international community."

After the UN General Assembly upgraded the Palestinians' status at the world body on Thursday from "observer entity" to "non-member state," Israel said on Friday it would build 3,000 more settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem - areas Palestinians want for a future state, along with Gaza.

Approximately 500,000 Israelis and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"A clear message must be sent to Israel that all of its illegal policies must be ceased or that it will be held accountable and will have to bear the consequences if its violations and obstruction of peace efforts," Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour wrote in the letter dated Monday.

After winning the UN status upgrade, the Palestinians can now access the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which prosecutes people for genocide, war crimes and other major human rights violations and where it could complain about Israel.

The Palestinians have said they will not rush to sign up to the International Criminal Court, but have warned that seeking action against Israel in the court would remain an option if Israel continued to build illegal settlements.

Prior to the UN vote, some Western nations unsuccessfully pushed for a Palestinian pledge not to pursue Israel in the ICC.
1 ) LegalEagle / USA
04/12/2012 18:19
Stay on Jersualem issue only. UNGA 66/18 says: "any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures;" Go to ICC with that. Get decision, then ask for NATO help if Israel refuses to comply. Others may help. Don't depend on that. You must lead. Now's the time!!!

2 ) matt / usa
04/12/2012 18:23
This is why direct talks is the only way

3 ) howard / usa
04/12/2012 18:28
lets not forget that now that the PA has its status, israel can bring hamas before the hague for war crimes as well, i would think.

4 ) sure. what are you going / to do about it?
04/12/2012 19:33
PLO IS FLAT BROKE- The west bank is OUT OF MONEY!!!!

5 ) LegalEagle / USA
04/12/2012 20:10
Concerning previous comment from "LegalEagle": Adding strength to UNGA 66/18 with Jerusalem as the focal issue, NOW with statehood recognized, previous Security Counsel Resolutions 242, 338 etc. also can be enforced and should be added to any approach to the ICC. However Jerusalem needs to remain the focus. Settle that area as to these laws and the rest of the territories will follow suit. Do not make it the last issue as in the past. Make it first.

6 ) Filipe / P
04/12/2012 21:57
nothing is different today than a week ago' 1) the UNGA Document is worthless unenforceable piece of paper, advisory ony...... same with the ICJ 2)The IGJ has no jurisdiction over Israel. 3) The PA is still not a member of the ICJ

7 ) Big Mike / usa
04/12/2012 22:12
I thought the whole idea of Pals going to UNGA was to get access to the ICC and now that they have it why wait to use it? Izrael is mocking Pals with more settlement proposals.

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
04/12/2012 22:18
By its own admission, Fatah - headed by Abbas - sent dozens of suicide bombers into Israel to kill Israeli civilians. Every single human rights organization agrees that these were indeed war crimes. Abbas is playing with fire. He will get burned.

9 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
04/12/2012 22:40
@ 1), If you're new here or haven't gotten the message yet (like the Palestinians and their supporters), we don't give a damn about the U.N. upgrade and never will. We don't and never will recognize a (second) Palestinian nation west of that Jordan River. Last year was a record-setting year for our W. Bank settlement/home building and this and next year will be even more. If the ICC then eventually finds us guilty of "war" crimes, we don't give a rat's ass. If anybody asks NATO for (cont.)

10 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
04/12/2012 22:58
help it will be for nothing. If NATO ever has the asinine audacity to use its military force against us rest assured you won't have me to kick around on these boards because I'll be the first in line with my IDF unit to fight NATO no matter what the hell it does. (The possibility of this happening is so damn remote I only mention it because 1) did. Any NATO intervention is about as likely as the sun exploding in the near future.) Expressions of us being accountable for this are 100% crap.

11 ) Julie / USA
04/12/2012 23:15
time to haul izrahell to the hague!

12 ) prince azeez / nigeria
05/12/2012 00:13
Let us being sincere,is Israel have power than united nation

13 ) Outlier / USA
05/12/2012 01:32
In return, Israel warns the Palestinians must be held accountable for the lack of any peace talks in recent years. Fair is fair.

14 ) True / Reality
05/12/2012 05:22
Israel will neither be "held accountable", nor innocent, and it will continue growing stronger and expanding onto disputed areas, despite Palestinian terror, Arab agression, or just words from the PA and the UNGA !!

15 ) @ Legal-1 / USA too
05/12/2012 05:26
The ICC is a treaty-based court, and Palestine has neither treaties with Israel, nor a legitimate claim to a, E. Jerusalem capital, so mostly the ICC will not get involved just like it did not get involved in the last two gaza conflicts, though Palestinians made numerous war-crime claims !!

16 ) Reader / from Edmonton
05/12/2012 06:14
What do other countries do to finance their governments? Income tax, property tax, excise tax, etc. Welcome to Palestine.

17 ) hosam / saida
05/12/2012 16:50
the p.a. should be held accountable -collaboration for 20years.resistance would be a better option

18 ) a Gradual / Reality (part 2)
05/12/2012 22:21
Abbas & Palestinians will continue to be buried below West Bank Areas A/B,
and beautiful Jewish settlements will continue to be placed in E. Jerusalem,
and on West Bank Areas C and E-1, and NO amount of "Palestine red lines",
EU calls, or UNGA resolutions will change that !!!

19 ) @ Yehuda-10 / USA
06/12/2012 00:29
The possibility this (NATA attacking Israel) happening is far beyond "so damn remote", even if Israel started commiting gencides like Syria and Sudan, which we both know Israel will never do, except in self-defense against Islamic militants using human-shields !!
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