Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Arab League condemns closure of PLO office in Washington

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Ray Hunter | 13 September, 2018, 16:59

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories - The United States has made a decision to shutter the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, a Palestinian official said on Monday, denouncing what he called a "dangerous escalation". Palestinian leaders say their political situation has deteriorated since Trump took office in 2017 as Washington has pursued policies that favor the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is a close USA ally.

"Accordingly, we continue to call upon the International Criminal Court to open its immediate investigation into Israeli crimes".

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, his administration promoted and passed the American Service Members Protection Act, which sought to immunize USA troops from potential prosecution by the ICC.

This move leaves the Palestinian Authority (previously known as the PLO) without a formal presence in the US capital and comes after the White House said it was cutting $25 million in funding for health services in heavily-Palestinian East Jerusalem.

The move also comes as the US administration prepares to unveil a controversial Middle East peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".

"The U.S. took the correct decision", Netanyahu said in a statement.

Husam Zomlot said that the move would not deter Palestinians from seeking statehood with east Jerusalem as their capital.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the USA decision to shut the Palestinian mission in Washington.

In making such moves, Trump has sided with Israel on core issues in the conflict without publicly asking for any concessions in return.

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The Trump administration's latest measures against the Palestinians and their leadership are an attack on prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. "The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel".

He accused USA officials of giving the Israeli government to press ahead with the demolition of Al-Kahn Al-Ahmar community in order to expand settlement projects east of Jerusalem.

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom said on Monday its strategic location is important to maintain "contiguity of a future Palestinian state".

Over the weekend, it announced it would cut $25 million in assistance for hospitals in east Jerusalem that provide critical care to Palestinian patients.

The dossier "included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property", Erekat said.

Khan al-Ahmar is in a key location near Jerusalem.

The court has been hobbled by the refusal of the U.S., Russia, China and other major nations to join.

We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017.

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