The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has announced a fresh push against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after the United States said it was closing its Washington mission and threatened to sanction the court's judges. Americans who care about Israel must join us in pushing the administration and Congress to reverse Trump's disastrous policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestinian Authority spokesperson Saeb Erekat slammed the decision as a "dangerous escalation" meant to "protect Israeli crimes and attacks against the land and people of Palestine" and called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open investigations into "Israeli crimes".
He added that "the current USA administration's policies starting with the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem last May unveiled its complete prejudice to the Israeli agenda". This measure followed decisions to defund humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem, and to end America's funding of UNRWA, the United Nations agency that provides health, education, and other vital services to Palestinian refugees. Jordan, a US ally, said the decision would only fuel radicalism and harm prospects for Middle East peace.
Palestinian officials, however, have ruled out any American role in the peace process since U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year.
"The United States made the right decision to close the PLO offices", Netanyahu said.
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Senior diplomat Dr. Saeb Erekat demanded the global community to intervene in what he argued were USA "attacks against the worldwide system as a whole" to defend Israel.
The Palestinian leadership condemned the latest USA move.
Khan al-Ahmar is in a key location near Jerusalem. The PLO said it has held nine meetings and submitted around 10 letters and 11 communications to the ICC concerning the Israeli violations of human rights in Palestinian territories.
The Palestinian government said the ruling gave "occupation forces the authority to commit an worldwide crime by forcibly displacing the 180 Palestinian citizens of Khan al-Ahmar". The U.S. embassy was later moved there from Tel Aviv.
"To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a USA peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
Zomlot was called home by Abbas in the spring as part of the crisis.