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Official: Palestine mulling ICC if UN takes no action on settlements
Published Friday 21/12/2012 (updated) 23/12/2012 11:27
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestine may complain to the International Criminal Court if the UN Security Council does not take action over Israeli settlement plans, the political adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

Nimr Hammad told Ma'an that several European countries were lobbying the US to take a serious position against Israeli settlements at the 15-member council.

On Wednesday, the US was the only council member that did not make a statement opposing Israeli plans to expand Jewish settlements around Jerusalem.

The other 14 countries on the council issued statements as a "Plan B" after it was clear the US would veto a resolution on the issue, India's UN ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri said.

Hammad said if the UN Security Council did not take action against Israeli settlements, Palestine would consider complaining to the International Criminal Court, an option made available by Palestine's admission as a non-member state to the UN in November.

Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

The Security Council resumed talks on a resolution condemning settlements after Israel said last month it would build 3,000 more homes in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. Israel has since announced plans to build thousands more units.

But it became apparent that the United States was unwilling to support a resolution, diplomats said.
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1 ) some one / some where
21/12/2012 11:04
Mr. Hammad and what ICC will do?

2 ) @ Someone #1 / ICC Inaction Likely
21/12/2012 16:33
The most likely result will be that the ICC declines to waste it's time, over
ALLEGED THEFTS of West Bank lands, that were never previously lands,
that belonged to the new UN#194, non-member, observer Palestinian state.


3 ) go ahead. MULL / meantime
21/12/2012 17:38
YOUR PEOPLE ARE FLAT BROKE!

4 ) Cheeky / Boys
21/12/2012 22:54
You chose to disregard the Oslo Accords and now you think that Israel has an obligation to stick to them. You really are rather cheeky fellows !

5 ) gabi / australia
22/12/2012 04:28
# 2 - "alleged thefts"? I suggest you do a bit of research into international law on occupied territories. (And don't talk guff about it not being an occupation - "the land was given by God", etc etc BS) It is quite interesting. Even more interesting is the number of times Israel has broken these laws. Constantly. Happy reading!

6 ) Brian cohen / Israel
22/12/2012 18:40
USis biased, and we never asked for US blood money. The call it donation I call it subsidizing illegal israeli occupation of palestine, Continuation of murder, economic threats, blackmail, Israel will leave the US dry of any freinds in future history s thier Fiat money , the dollar dies. US aid was conditional , fatah supposed to crackdown on the other factions, and create hostility so resistance can be squashed as did Mubarak. Backfired in the US face, and israelis

7 ) moe moe / Usa
23/12/2012 00:15
To#4 cheeky/boys/or girls: When we call someone criminal, it,s because he or she broke the law.As for this jewish, zionist , racist country from time immemrial, it never ever respected any treaty at all, and that is why people call criminal state of israel.I do not understand the israeli that it is an oasis ofIt is rathet democracy with blatant behavior of ignoring the international law ,........
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