The Trump administration plans to announce on Monday that it is shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, D.C., another sign of US support for Israel and a move that furthers a pressure crusade against Palestine, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday morning.
President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington, the latest USA blow against the Palestinians and an worldwide court during the stalled Mideast peace process.
Washington's decision is the latest move by US President Donald Trump's administration to close and defund pro-Palestinian institutions.
The United States will not in any way cooperate with the International Criminal Court, national security adviser John Bolton announced in a speech to the Federalist Society on Monday, blasting the ICC as an unaccountable, bureaucratic body that runs counter to the U.S. Constitution and is "antithetical to our nation's ideals".
He emphasized the US will protect its citizens and not aid the court. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) wrote that "the PLO office in the United States has existed and exists today in violation of us law" and cited the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1987 as justification for closing the Palestinian embassy. Any countries supporting the investigation and cooperating with the ICC will be subject to secondary sanctions, Bolton warned.
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Last month, the company announced it had deposited $20,000 to a bank account to help pay for legal fees during the investigation. TV news footage showed D'Amico whiffing a golf club on the lawn as officers carried boxes of evidence out of his house.
His comments followed the closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's office in Washington on Monday.
The United States on Monday warned the International Criminal Court against prosecution of U.S. or Israeli officials for war crimes in the Middle East. The penalty of such violation is closing down of the office in Washington.
The United States is pledging to use "any means necessary" to protect American citizens and allies from International Criminal Court prosecution.
"To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the United States government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise", the statement added.
"We will not co-operate with the ICC". George W. Bush formally renounced any USA obligations to the court when it began operating in 2002.
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The move comes after several financial measures the Trump administration has taken toward the Palestinians. Senior diplomat Saeb Erekat decried the U.S. decision as designed "to protect Israeli crimes" and said that the move would not deter Palestinian legal action against Israel.
The Palestine Liberation Organization office served as an embassy in Washington, D.C., for Palestinians.
"It is ironic that the United States is punishing the PLO", she said according to a statement released by her office, "the highest political body that made the commitment to reaching a political and legal settlement of the Palestinian question and that has engaged in negotiations with successive USA administrations for decades".
"The United States continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward", the statement adds.
A favorite of Washington's conservative establishment for his hawkish stance on thorny global issues, Mr. Bolton used his first major address since joining the Trump White House in April to blast what he called a "super-national independent institution" that functions with "unchecked powers" with "no checks and balances". "The United States supports a direct and robust process, and we will not allow the ICC or any other organization to constrain Israel's right to self-defense". After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.
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