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PLO to seek UN resolution for Israeli occupation end date
Published Tuesday 02/09/2014 (updated) 10/10/2014 10:22
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A general view shows a section of Israel's controversial separation
barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Ram on the outskirts of
Jerusalem on December 7, 2012.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- The Palestinian leadership intends to seek a UN Security Council resolution setting a three year deadline for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, a PLO official said Tuesday.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the leadership of the PLO, acknowledged at a news conference that the United States would veto such a resolution.

Nevertheless, she told reporters, "We will be seeking a Security Council resolution on ending the occupation on a specific date."

"We should know that the occupation will end within three years," she added.

She raised the possibility of also seeking passage of a similar but non-binding resolution by the UN General Assembly.

Ashrawi once again also brandished a threat to take Israel before the International Criminal Court over its 50-day military offensive in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

But she did not say when it might do so. The Palestinians were granted observer status at the court in 2012, giving them access to the court.

"We are intending to take Israel to the ICC. We do not have a time-frame, we have a program of action," she said.

Wasel Abu Yusef, a senior PLO official, said last week that the organization was working to convene an international conference to set a timetable for ending the occupation.

But as yet, no Palestinian official has said when a formal proposal will be made to the Security Council.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
02/09/2014 22:46
Great news - can't wait ! This is after all the International Year of the Palestinian People declared by the UN.

2 ) LOL tmw ISIS may INVADE / JORDAN and
02/09/2014 22:56
rule the WEST BANK what then????

3 ) Rafael / USA
02/09/2014 23:14
Realistic evaluation of PLO tactics and strategies is that they look like attempts to remain relevant, as Hamas is the most popular Palestinian group. The net affect of these attempts will be like someone running in circles and getting nowhere. Next we will hear for the 10th time Abu Mazen is going close the PA and give the keys to the Israelis.

4 ) guy / usa
02/09/2014 23:23
The borders being.....

5 ) Palestinians / understand
02/09/2014 23:39
only the language of extortion: give me what I want or else… The only difference is that Hamas threatens with rockets and PLO threatens with ICC. Neither method will work. Only dialogue and negotiations can work.

6 ) inbound39 / New Zealand
03/09/2014 00:17
America and EU should feel absolute guilt and shame for not having yet applied serious sanctions against Israel for its obvious and clear belligerent and arrogant violations of International Law with regards to Occupied Territory. Muslim extremists are attacking US and EU interests because of this clear bias toward Israel which daily looks more and more like Iraq under Saddam Hussein or WW2 Germany.

7 ) Ali / The Levant
03/09/2014 03:13
Total waste of time and energy, These's only one way the land-hungry Israelis understand. Don't believe me? ask Hizbullah in 2000. (If your IQ is below 70, please discard this comment)

8 ) @ Carol-1 / Four Realities
03/09/2014 04:05
That is more non-news, than great news, in four different ways, where The PLO may seek UN resolutions for an Israeli occupation end date, but -1- The PLO may not (& should Not) get such a resolution (& resolutions for Gaza to disarm would be more constructive). -2- Such a resolution would Not be binding upon Israel, and -3- If the USA did Not use it's veto which is unlikely, then -4- Israel would just ignore it, like so many other sovereign states, that disagreed with UN resolutions.

9 ) betz55 / USA
03/09/2014 04:46
Israel will ignore any UN resolution. Stop wasting your time and lives - ICC - ICC - ICC. It's 2014. Enough is enough.

10 ) mexica / mexico
03/09/2014 07:12
palestina need to be a free state now! not in three years. if you wait .more settlers will keep stealing your land.

11 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
03/09/2014 08:19
Palestinians think they can get victory by bureaucracy instead of by negotiating.

12 ) Nobody cares about palestine / when ISIS shows
03/09/2014 08:27
beheading of western newsman every day on TV! or Putin plans to invade Ukrain Gaza and PLO are not so important right now (at least from watching world news)

13 ) joey / israel
03/09/2014 11:56
bds for israel

14 ) @ Joey-13 / Reality
03/09/2014 17:39
BDS is probably just as much a dead-end, as terrorism & war crimes, but At least it does Not destroy the little that remains "of Palestine".

15 ) Outlier / USA
05/09/2014 22:30
In Israel, BDS could stand for "build, defend and succeed." Interestingly, that approach has been more successful than the Palestinian version.

16 ) Phil / UK
25/09/2014 18:44
PLO Charter. Article 24: "This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields." ?? If the West Bank belongs to the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, and Gaza belongs to whoever. What land is it the PLO is claiming to be occupied? Y'all gonna look real stupid at the ICC.

17 ) Layla K / Palestine
26/09/2014 17:22
@16 whether the West Bank was in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan & where Gaza belonged is irrelevant. The UK is also divided into countries, then cities, towns & villages (& cities have sub districts such as Westminster). What is relevant is that Palestinians don't want 'Palestine' occupied by Zionist terrorists. On that basis & analogy, NO, we won't be looking stupid at the ICC or elsewhere. As the Russell Tribunal has found Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, Israel might be worried though!!
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