PA to resort to ICC to open investigation into settlement activity

27-01-2017 18:28

Source: Palestine Information Centre


The Palestinian Authority (PA) reportedly decided to resort to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to open a full investigation into Israeli settlement activity based on UN Security Council resolution 2334, which says settlements have no legal validity and constitute an obstacle to peace.


Sources from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that the PA has been contacting the ICC for two years in order to acquaint it with Israeli ceaseless violations in regards with settlement activity especially that member countries of the ICC enjoy the privilege of filing complaints for investigation.


Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki said on Thursday that the PA is going to resort to the ICC against Israeli settlement activity next week.

Israel managed over the past years to establish more than 146 "official" settlement outposts resided by about 420,000 settlers in the West Bank, who form 13% of population in the West Bank, and 220,000 in Occupied Jerusalem while 116 settlement outposts were built by Jewish settlers and unrecognized by the Israeli government. 

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