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Ambassador: Palestine eligible for 550 intl orgs
Published Wednesday 02/04/2014 (updated) 04/04/2014 16:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestine could join up to 550 international treaties and conventions including the International Criminal Court, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN said Wednesday.

Ibrahim Khraishi told Ma'an that the 15 applications submitted on Wednesday would take three to four months for approval.

“These conventions don't have US funding like other organizations such as the World Health Organization which receives $720 million annually, So, its members will not be financially blackmailed,” Khraishi said.

He added that the US did not make any negative statements on the applications so far. Khraishi highlighted that he would meet the US ambassador in Switzerland on Thursday to discuss the issue.

There are a few organizations that require General Assembly approval in addition to an internal majority of votes, he noted.

Letters of accession for 15 international multilateral treaties and conventions were handed to the relevant parties on Wednesday after being signed by President Mahmoud Abbas a day earlier, Palestinian officials said.

"I presented the letters signed by Abbas this morning to UN special envoy Robert Serry, as well as to the representatives of the Netherlands and Switzerland," Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki said.

He said the Palestinians had begun the "technical process" required to obtain membership of some 15 international conventions and covenants, including the Fourth Geneva Convention.

"This action does not detract from the importance of negotiations. We are still committed to these talks," he said.

In July, the PLO agreed to postpone accession to international bodies in exchange for the release of 104 Palestinians prisoners jailed before the Oslo Accords.

"Since Israel failed to release the last group of prisoners, the State of Palestine is no longer obliged to postpone its rights to accede to multilateral treaties and conventions," the PLO said in a statement Wednesday.

"Despite the escalation of oppressive Israeli policies such as the killing of Palestinian civilians, settlement construction, raids on vulnerable communities, arbitrary arrests and detentions, home demolitions and the removal of residency rights, we remained committed to the negotiations process and supported US efforts," it added.

Earlier, Israeli Tourism Minster Uzi Landau warned of punitive action if the PLO pursued efforts to join UN agencies and threatened that Israel could annex territory in the occupied West Bank in response.

Israel could also hurt the Palestinians economically by acting "to block financial aid to them," the minister added.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/04/2014 00:03
So join them! Go for it! Just remember that if one of them is the ICC, then be prepared for indictments against Palestinian leaders for war crimes.

2 ) Lina / Ukraine
03/04/2014 14:20
What in the world are you on about, Mr. Cohen? Although, I wouldn't be surprised if the Palestinians will be blamed for all the Israeli war crimes. Oh wait, that is already happening since the beginning of all this.

3 ) Noam / UK
03/04/2014 17:17
#1-And whether it will be the next step ICC for all zionists war criminals, those must stand trial before the hag.Summary,the Israeli government consists almost entirely of war criminals and Terrorists;wait a minute,I'll give you a list of 1% of the war criminals,http://www.kawther.info/wpr/2010/11/21/names-of-war-criminals-donated-by-israeli-soldier---AND MORE http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2010/11/22/exposed-200-israeli-army-offices-suspected-of-war-crimes-in-gaza/

4 ) Olivetti / IT
03/04/2014 18:15
The Palestinians economically which is constantly being destroyed by the occupiers-Now is threatened,just imagine for a second, what happens if the palestinians one day not go to work in Israel or in the settlements; This will be a threat and collapse of this regime.

5 ) Mel / USA
03/04/2014 18:43
Bravo! Go for it! SIGN THE NAME OF PALESTINE! Go for ALL 550 international organizations! Zionism has spent 70 years trying to make ancient&BEAUTIFUL PALESTINE,& even Israel's"alien residents"(local indigenous Arab-Israeli's)INVISIBLE/unrecognized by the world!It's NOT going to happen!PLURALISTIC Arab Palestine won't be disappeared,renditioned,into a 'Dark Prison','Salt Pit',giant Negev concentration camp,for non Jews/'Kush'/Goyim etc. Israel will NOT erase PLURALISTIC PALESTINE! DREAM ON,Zion!

6 ) Mel / USA
03/04/2014 19:22
p.s. AND OF COURSE..... we are waiting to hear what the rest of Palestine thinks about this too? Especially the de facto govt in Gaza;Hamas?And the other factions! They are all EQUALLY occupied and/or besieged Palestinians.with a valid voice. Palestine must be united nationally.SUMUD!

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
04/04/2014 02:29
Palestine can go to the UN, but it will get nothing useful, and ISRAEL doesn't need talks, and SHOULD REFUSE to renew TALKS, UNLESS THE PLO SURRENDERS THEIR "7 conditions" FANTASIES of: 1. "borders of 1967, 2. release of Palestinian prisoners, 3. Implementing border-crossing, lifting the Gaza siege, 4. return of exiles, 5. Stopping settlement activity in Jerusalem, 6. Allowing reunification of 15,000 Palestinian families, & 7. refraining from entering Palestinian areas.

8 ) Ray Hanania / USA
04/04/2014 03:22
The Palestinians should begin the process of applying to the International Criminal Court to pop the Israeli bubble about their conduct and expose their war crimes. If Palestinian war crimes are put up next to Israeli war crimes, the Israeli war crimes would be 10 times greater ... it would help the public see through Israel's lies.

9 ) wayne / NZ
04/04/2014 06:44
So Brian, funny how this has come as some big surprise. i mean, who could have thought the Palestinians would make that move. So, who on the Palestinian side would go up on war crimes? Should we start to make a list, for both Israeli and Palestinians Ill start ..... @ number 1, i put Benjamin, shell we list his criminal past, gosh its long

10 ) Wardah Abd Al Hadi / Oman
04/04/2014 20:57
550 International Organisations is a lot for the President to sign. Is he only signing on behalf of part of Palestine? We haven't heard very much about Gaza, or what Hamas & the people & factions of Gaza think about this. They haven't really been consulted very much about this process really. It is sad that they are seemingly forgotten, especially as they've been under siege so long. Really, in all fairness, the Gaza Gov (Hamas) should be part of the negotiations, their voice must be heard too!!
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