© 2024 KOSU
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed 20 international agreements, including one to join the International Criminal Court, a step that is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.

The move comes a day after the U.N. Security Council rejected a Palestinian draft resolution that called for, among other things, an end to the Israeli occupation by 2017.

'We are being attacked every day, who will we complain to now that the UNSC has failed us?" Abbas said at an emergency meeting today with Palestinian officials in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He added that the rejection of the resolution "will not stop us from prosecuting" Israel.

The comments in Arabic were translated by the official Palestine New Agency, or Wafa.

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.

The U.S. State Department criticized the Palestinian move, calling it "counterproductive."

In Israel, the Haaretz newspaper reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss his country's response. Separately, Netanyahu said it's Palestinians who should fear the ICC because Abbas is in a national unity government with Hamas "a declared terrorist organization who like ISIS commits war crimes."

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Krishnadev Calamur is NPR's deputy Washington editor. In this role, he helps oversee planning of the Washington desk's news coverage. He also edits NPR's Supreme Court coverage. Previously, Calamur was an editor and staff writer at The Atlantic. This is his second stint at NPR, having previously worked on NPR's website from 2008-15. Calamur received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.
KOSU is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.