USA threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

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On Monday the United States also announced it would close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Washington for seeking to punish Israel through the International Criminal Court.

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory - Over 60 per cent of Palestinians oppose resuming dialogue with the Trump administration after the USA cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, according to an opinion poll published Wednesday.

The journal also reported that the national security adviser formulates to intimidate the International Criminal Court in similar assembled comments vociferating that United States will levy restrictions against the concern if it probes the United States and Israel.

A week earlier, the administration slashed bilateral USA aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

The move comes a day after the USA closed the Palestinian de facto embassy in Washington because of its leaders' refusal to enter peace talks with Israel.


The Palestinian leadership cut off contact with the administration of President Donald Trump after he recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

Head of the PLO mission in Washington, Husam Zomlot, said the closure was "just going ahead and implementing the grocery list that was submitted to them by Netanyahu".

It was an extraordinary rebuke decried by human rights groups who complained it was another Trump administration rollback of USA leadership in demanding accountability for gross abuses.

Although the Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged in active, direct negotiations, Trump's administration has been working to mediate a peace deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) said the PLO mission was only good at spreading hatred and incitement and made no effort to advance peace. The accusations against US personnel include torture and illegal imprisonment. Khan al-Ahmar is situated outside Jerusalem between two Israeli settlements.


He said Israel should be held accountable for its plans for the Khan al-Ahmar encampment, a West Bank hamlet that has focused attention on what critics say is the displacement of Palestinians by Israel.

Trump also has cut financial support to the Palestinian Authority, slashed aid to the United Nations agency serving Palestinian refugees and proposed changing the criteria for refugee status in a way that would reduce the rolls to about 500,000 refugees, down from 5 million.

Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.

The decision to close the PLO office "is part of the open war waged by the United States administration and its Zionist team against our Palestinian people, their cause and just and legitimate rights", it said.


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