"We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians." – Nelson Mandela

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.

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4 responses

  1. That’s hilarious! Filthy Muslim terrorists are going to human court to seek aid?

    December 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    • I pray that God instills more knowledge upon you. Please stop getting all your source of information off of Fox and other racist, lying news channels and learn the truth, see who the real terrorists are here.
      And, by the way, not all Palestinians are Muslim, they are Christians as well, shows how much you know.
      “Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; but turn away from the ignorant”

      December 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      • Sure. Your kind hasn’t managed to murder quite all of the non-Muslim in the West Bank and Gaza. There’re still a tiny number left – sub 5% of population and dwindling. I also doubt that they’re bothered by Israel since Israel is their best hope for survival, as it has been for all Arab Christians.

        December 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      • All Palestinians stand together, regardless of religion. Israel is no ones hope for survival considering Israel kills everyone.

        Since the creation of “Israel” in 1948 Palestinian Christians have been subjected to brutal military occupation in their homeland. Israel does not differentiate between Palestinian Christians and Palestinian Muslims when it carries out its occupational policies and killings.

        “As a result of Al Nakba in 1948, Al Naksa in 1967 and many other wars on the Palestinian people, the majority of Palestinian Christians have been forced to flee and seek refuge in neighbouring countries and abroad. To put this in numbers, before 1922, the total percentage of Christians living within the borders of the Palestinian territory was 4% but in 2005, it was estimated that the percentage of Palestinian Christians living in the Palestinian territories has dropped down to from 3.4% to 2.1%.” (Mondoweiss)

        Bethlehem, a holy city for Palestinian Christians, “is dominated in equal measure by churches and mosques, a symbol of the increased diversity of the region’s people. Since 1948 many Palestinian Christians have been living in refugee camps outside the sacred city. The Christian population in Bethlehem now stands at a mere 28% of the total population. Just as other Palestinians they face many challenges moving from one city to another due to Israel’s Apartheid checkpoints. It is virtually impossible for them to travel to the Gaza Strip which is home to some of the oldest Christian holy sites in the world. Likewise, Christians living in Gaza face many obstacles when travelling to Bethlehem or other holy cities in the West Bank. Since Shalit’s capture by the Palestinian resistance, only 20% of Gazan Christians who apply for permission are issued permits. People between the ages of 16-36 years are not allowed to travel due to security measures implemented by Israel.” (Mondoweiss)

        Palestinian residents of Bethlehem are all subjected to the same military occupation. This includes going through humiliating military checkpoints, targeted assassinations, house demolitions, curfews and an Apartheid wall that encircles Bethlehem.

        Muslims and Christians in Palestine have been “hand in hand” since the start of the occupation. They do not allow religion to get the better of them. They are all Palestinians and that is all that matters. They are under the same occupation.

        December 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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