Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Closure of the PLO Office in Washington

Closure of the PLO Office in Washington

Palestinians also took issue after Mr. Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

This comes as the Trump administration has made a decision to close down the PLO office in Washington, cut off aid to the Palestinian Refugees through UNRWA.

The Palestinian leadership is weighing retaliatory measures against U.S. penalties, including halting security cooperation, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Over the weekend, the USA also announced it was closing the Palestinians' de facto embassy in Washington, deepening Palestinian anger and mistrust. It is appropriate that the USA withdraw all support from the Palestinian Authority until the government decides to live in peace.

The submission urged the ICC to speed up the opening of a judicial investigation into "Israeli war crimes" that fall within the court's jurisdiction.

Tamimi stressed that the United States decision "will not dissuade the Palestinian leadership from its efforts to take Israel to the ICC to punish it for its crimes against the Palestinian people and its violation of global humanitarian law and resolutions".

In Bush's second term, the US attitude toward the ICC shifted slightly as the world looked on in horror at genocide being committed in Sudan's western Darfur region.

The Clinton administration in 2000 signed the Rome Statute that created the ICC but had serious reservations about the scope of the court's jurisdiction and never submitted it for ratification to the Senate, where there was broad bipartisan opposition to what lawmakers saw as a threat to US sovereignty. Six percent said the billionaire American leader could be an honest peace broker.

The PLO office in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment."The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel", says Bolton's draft text.

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Head of the PLO mission in Washington, Husam Zomlot, said the closure was "just going ahead and implementing the grocery list that was submitted to them by Netanyahu".

Palestinian leaders say the administration is blatantly biased in favor of Israel and is seeking to blackmail Ramallah into accepting the White House's moves.

Trump also has cut financial support to the Palestinian Authority, slashed aid to the United Nations agency serving Palestinian refugees and proposed changing the criteria for refugee status in a way that would reduce the rolls to about 500,000 refugees, down from 5 million.

"We lost the USA administration but we gained our national rights", Zomlot told the Associated Press. The department said in a written statement the U.S. They do not serve America's national security interests - or Israel's.

Hamas militants control Gaza, and the USA said the militants were endangering "lives of Gaza's citizens and degrades an already dire humanitarian and economic situation". "The United States will no longer fund an organization that promotes terrorism against Israel", said Staver. PLO President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to do so.

The Palestine Liberation Organization is the group that formally represents all Palestinians.

Ankara ordered out Israel's ambassador in May after Israeli soldiers killed dozens of unarmed protestors along the border with the Gaza Strip.

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi called the USA policy "blackmail" that "once again seeks to punish the Palestinian people as a whole who are already victims of the ruthless Israeli military occupation".

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