Palestinians join the International Criminal Court
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome statute governing the court and officially joined the ICC on Wednesday 31st December in a dramatic move that will open the way for Palestine to pursue Israel for war crimes if it choses to.
“They attack us and our land every day, to whom are we to complain? The security council let us down – where are we to go?” Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian leaders in remarks broadcast on official television.
“We want to refer to international institutions, and this is one we are referring to, and we’ll complain to these people,” he added, before signing the documents.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered the withholding of Palestinian tax revenues, used mostly for supporting the Palestinian Authority and paying it’s civil servants. The move was condemned by both Palestinian and US officials, and the UN. The Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also denounced the move to Israeli ambassadors.