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March 26, 2018 12:17 pm

Palestinian Authority Applies for Entry Into Eight International Treaties at UN

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Security Council at UN headquarters in New York City, Feb. 20, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Lucas Jackson. – The Palestinian Authority has filed official requests this past week to join eight international treaties, including the UN’s International Convention against Apartheid in Sports and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty according to a report in Israel’s Hadashot news.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said the latest attempt by the PA to raise its status within the international community and delegitimize Israel is a campaign to “establish facts on the ground by making detours and unilateral moves.”

In April 2014, the PA applied for membership to 15 international treaties, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN Convention Against Corruption. Then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the Palestinians entry into 10 of the treaties as non-state members. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to apply to 22 international treaties, including 18 of the United Nations in December 2017, following the official recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The most recent applications were reported just a day after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a slew of five resolutions in condemnation of Israel, including one which called on Israel to give the strategic Golan Heights to civil war-torn Syria. All of the resolutions were presented under “Agenda Item 7” by member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Israel is the only country that has a permanently dedicated agenda item at the council.

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