Palestine contemplating ICC if UN takes no action against illegal Israeli settlements
Palestine may complain to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the United Nations Security Council does not take action over Israeli settlement plans, which are illegal under international law, stated Mahmoud Abbas’s political adviser, Nimr Hammad.
Hammad said that several European countries were lobbying the United States 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.
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 after Palestine’s succesful bid at the UN, which deeply angered Israel. Israel has since announced plans to build thousands of more units.
Diplomats have stated that it has become quite apparent that the United States is unwilling to support a resolution.