JERICHO, November 10, 2014 – (WAFA) – Member of Palestinian Executive Committee Saeb Erekat urged Monday for joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to Israeli government’s decision to apply Israeli law on West Bank settlements.
Israeli media reported that an Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill that would wholesale apply all Israeli laws to the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported that the bill would require that the head of the Israeli forces’ Central Command to publish every law passed by the Knesset as a military regulation within 45 days of its approval, so that it would apply equally to all illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. It also reported that the bill needs to be submitted to the Knesset for voting and must pass three readings before becoming a law.
Erekat stressed that the Palestinian leadership, in response to this move, must submit an application to the ICC, affirming that it resolved to officially present the Arab draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for ending the Israeli occupation and setting a deadline for establishing the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on 1967 borders.
The senior Palestinian official added that the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Justice, the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department together with a host of competent Palestinian institutions are drawing up the applications for membership in many international organizations and statutes, most notably the ICC.
Erekat made his remarks during separate meetings with UN Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, US Consul-General Michael Ratney and the British, German and French consul-generals.