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January 7, 2015 1:11 pm

Palestinian Authority to Join International Criminal Court on April 1

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The Palestinian Authority will become an official member of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on April 1. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The Palestinian Authority (PA) will become the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced late on Tuesday.

“The Statute will enter into force for the State of Palestine on 1 April 2015 in accordance with its article 126 (2) which reads as follows: ‘For each State ratifying, accepting, approving or acceding to this Statute after the deposit of the 60th instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Statute shall enter into force on the first day of the month after the 60th day following the deposit by such State of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession,'” Ban said, referring to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s signing of the ICC’s Rome Statute.

US Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Tuesday condemned the PA’s “irresponsible and destabilizing efforts to use the ICC to target Israel and undermine the peace process” and called for the Obama administration to halt funding to the PA.

“The Administration must now enforce US law as mandated by Congress and cut off US funding to the Palestinian Authority until they start acting like the partner for peace that is needed in the Middle East,” Kirk said.

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  • loomy2

    How dare a State or group of People join an organisation that 123 other countries have joined!

    America should blackmail and hurt these people by stopping all funding for its people because how dare they exercise their democratic rights if it does not suit the U.S or Israel for them to do so!

    The cheek! They must be punished for such a crime…

    Hmmm maybe the U.S and Israel can take them to the ICC for the crime of joining the ICC…!

    Because they are being punished for doing just that!

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    an appropriate date

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