Palestinian Envoy: Trump Admin Gave Us One Month to Dismantle Washington Mission

Charlene Craig
September 13, 2018

A top official said Tuesday the Palestinians have filed a new complaint against Israel with the International Criminal Court, after the United States said it would resort to any means to protect its allies against such actions at the international war crimes body.

The Palestinians were angered by Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the U.S. Embassy there.

Erdogan led the global outcry when US President Donald Trump recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, twice holding summits of Muslim leaders in Istanbul.

The move was made in response to the latest USA decision to shut down the PLO delegation office in Washington.

"Trump has become an enemy of the Palestinian people and an enemy of peace", the officials said according to a translation by the Times of Israel.

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The PLO office in Washington has always been the focus of controversy.

Trump's decision has left UNRWA trying to cover a $200 million shortfall from Gulf and European donors, and has further strained tensions between Washington and the Palestinian leadership.

"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", said the statement.

Internationally-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have stalled since 2014 and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories have steadily expanded.

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. The Khan al-Ahmar encampment has focused attention on what critics say is the continued displacement of Palestinians by Israel.

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"The U.S. threats against the ICC are a coup against the rules in the worldwide system", he said.

Trump's administration has also cut more than $500 million in aid to Palestinians, including to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, since January. -Israeli ties, Washington had tried to position itself as a neutral party in the vexing Mideast conflict, willing to call out both sides when they take steps seen as contrary to the pursuit of peace.

The PLO is regarded as the representative of the Palestinians by the global community and its chairman is Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

In view of the recent developments, Wisma Putra said Malaysia called upon the Muslim community to continue showing their solidarity with the Palestinian people and hoped for a stronger support in order to end the longest occupation in modern history.

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