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Sunday, February 4, 2018
PLO Executive Committee asks government to begin devising plans to disengage from Israel

PLO says it will seek action in UNSC, General Assembly and ICC
http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=pzrtpBa96338342166apzrtpB

RAMALLAH, February 3, 2018 (WAFA - Official PLO news agency) – The Executive
Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) decided in its
meeting in Ramallah on Saturday evening to seek action against the Israeli
occupation in the United Nations Security Council, the General Assembly and
the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Executive Committee said in a statement following the meeting chaired by
President Mahmoud Abbas that it asked the government to begin devising plans
to disengage from the Israeli occupation authorities at the political,
security, economic and administrative levels and to submit these plans to
the Executive Committee for approval.

The plans will also define security relations between the Palestinians and
the Israeli occupation and will seek to free the Palestinians from the
constraints of the Paris Economic Protocol, the PLO Executive Committee
said.

The Executive Committee also decided to form a higher committee to implement
the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council, including the decision to
suspend the recognition of the State of Israel until the latter recognizes
the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, repeals the decision to annex
East Jerusalem and halts settlement activities.

Further, the Executive Committee decided to request the ICC to start a
judicial inquiry into Israeli settlements, racial discrimination and the
ongoing ethnic cleansing in and around Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the
area south of Hebron.

The Executive Committee said the aim of this request is to hold Israeli
politicians and military and security officials accountable and bring them
before international justice in accordance with the Rome Statute of the ICC,
which considers settlements as a war crime. It said this is also in line
with the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the occupying power from
transferring its citizens to the territory under its occupation.

The PLO Executive Committee stressed its determination to implement the
decision of the Palestinian Central Council that rejected the policies of US
President Donald Trump on Jerusalem and called on the US administration to
reconsider its policy and stop dealing with the Palestinian side with
“dictates.”

The Executive Committee condemned the allegations made by US Vice President
Mike Pence during his speech before the Israeli parliament, the Knesset,
last month and called on the US administration to stop the hate speech which
denies the historical existence of the Palestinian Arab people in Palestine.

President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to address the UN Security Council on
February 20 during which he will reiterate his commitment for a peaceful
settlement with Israel based on establishing an independent and sovereign
Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its
capital.

M.N./M.K.

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