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December 8, 2014 4:52 pm

“I Will Take You Down With Me:” Abbas Threatens International Criminal Court Action Against Israel

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas is threatening Israel with ICC action. Photo: Twitter

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to haul Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the event that a resolution supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state independent of negotiations with Israel fails to pass through the UN Security Council.

“If they want to take me down, I will take them along with me,” Abbas said, referring to a recent lawsuit filed against him at the ICC by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli legal advocacy organization.

Shurat HaDin’s suit charges that, as the leader of the nationalist Fatah faction, Abbas is personally responsible for rockets fired at Israel by Fatah terrorists over the summer, when Israel went to war with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.

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Though neither Israel nor the PA are members of the ICC, and therefore do not fall under its jurisdiction, Shurat HaDin claims that Abbas is a Jordanian citizen and can therefore be prosecuted.

“Jordan is a current member of the ICC. The ICC is empowered to exercise its jurisdiction over all acts committed by the citizen of a member, wherever those acts are committed,” Shurat HaDin said in its announcement of the lawsuit last month.

Abbas’s threat to confront Israel at the ICC was made during a speech yesterday in Ramallah, in which he confirmed that he would not wait for the results of Israel’s March 2015 election before submitting the resolution to the Security Council.

“There is nothing wrong with the Palestinian draft resolution, which calls for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and establishing an independent Palestinian state in the light of a specific timetable,” Abbas said at a celebration organized by the state-run Palestinian Anti-Corruption Commission in Ramallah.

Meanwhile, the PA’s Minister of Religious Affairs, Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is, has continued to stoke tensions in Jerusalem.

“All that Israel wants is to Judaize the Holy City, take over the Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroy it and build the alleged Temple. Under Jerusalem there is a city of tunnels belonging to Israel. Yesterday, I was told that Israel has an underground market beneath the Jaffa Gate, which draws many [Palestinian] residents who shop there,” Ida’is told the PA’s official TV channel, in remarks translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

“The libel that Israel is conspiring to destroy Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem has been a core element of the recent riots in Jerusalem, which witnessed several terror attacks against Israelis in which 11 were murdered,” PMW commented.

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  • Cora Nott

    Your fellow sadistic Muslims will take you down, Abbas! Look around you…they are not your friends.

  • Dr.M.Otero

    The old London Bridge was moved to Arizona. Why can’t the Muslim holy sites be moved to Mecca or..? so that we can begin work on the third temple?

  • Abu Mazen. Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) was born in 1935. He was one of the founding members of the ‘Fatah’ and one of the senior-most members of the Palestinian front. Abbas is also the leader of the Palestinian Authority. He also the mastermind of the Munich Olympic massacre and the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro his men had killed the wheel chair bound Klinghoffer, they pushed him overboard. There is a criminal conviction against Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) with life in prison, he is an escaped convict with multiple murders.

    Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen has been a part of the Fatah leadership and has helped formulate and finance all of the terror tactics devised by this group and now exported to Islamic terror organizations around the world. These tactics include assassination, plane hijacking, car bombs, homicide bombers, child soldiers used both in Lebanon and Israel, and hate education. Now, Israeli and Western movers and shakers have been inclined to sacrifice his 50-year terrorist track record on the altar of wishful thinking, which has sanctified Oslo and its offshoots (the Hebron and Wye Accords, the Road Map and the Disengagement Plan). A U.S. colloquialism states: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Abu Mazen and his colleagues have fooled Israel and the U.S. since 1993. Are Israel and the world going to be fooled once again?

  • Julian Clovelley

    It seems to me that if matters concerning the population of the Middle East were to become matters before a Court it would be a step in the right direction. Contempt for the International Criminal Court, for International Law, for the United Nations, for international charities and for the Geneva Conventions gets no-one anywhere.

    The ICC must be the only Court that denies itself jurisdiction to examine a matter without the consent of the defendant’s nation

    Ridiculous!

  • DocReality

    Is it perhaps time that Abbas was “removed” from power? Or perhaps it’s better to stick with the “devil you know…?”

  • he is a Jordanian citizen so there was never really a Palestinian state allegedly existed…

  • art

    Abbas was the “mastermind” of the hijacking of the Achilles Lorre during which Mr. Leon Klinghoffer was murdered . There is no statute of limitations on murder in US Courts. The US should demand the extradition of Abbas for murder of a US citizen.

  • rulierose

    seriously, somebody explain this to me.

    if the “Occupation” Abu Mazen wants to end consists of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, then he can have it any time. Gaza’s already un-occupied, and the West Bank and East J’lem were already offered to the Palestinians at least 3 times since 1998.

    if, OTOH, the “Occupation” happened in 1947, and will never be ended until Arab Palestine extends from Safed to Sderot and Tel Aviv to Tiberius–well then, why would anyone expect ANY Israeli leader to agree to that? does Obama really believe Tzipi Livni would be any happier to commit national suicide than Bibi Netanyahu?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Okay, Mahmoud old man.
    Girth your loins.
    Tighten your girdle.
    Take a deep breath.
    Now Charge!
    Allahu Akbar! The Islamic cry of fear and terror.

    Mickey Oberman

  • Esther

    To Abbas:
    You keep spreading LIES about Jews taking over your mosque??? Who is the “Religion” that is destroying Churches all over the world? Jews NO! Arabs YES! Actually you say you don’t recognize Israel-But you live in Israel you Scumbag!! You should be praising Israel for letting you live in Israel especially after being the Cause of all destruction you INGRATE. So keep on crying to the UN as your intimidation tactics will NOT work!

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