Palestinian Authority

Joining the Hague court will have implications for Palestinians, too

By Robbie Sabel, December 6, 2012

One of the reasons Israel objected so vehemently to the premature UN recognition of Palestine as a state was the apprehension that the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) would, subsequently, accede to a request by the “state of Palestine” to join the Court. Once accepted as a member state, the Palestinians might then attempt to have Israeli officials indicted.

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Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.

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Arafat: digging up the past hurts the middle east future

By Uri Dromi, November 30, 2012

It was Mark Twain who said of Jane Austen: “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Palestinians, on the other hand, are now digging up Yasir Arafat for different reasons — they want to find out if he was poisoned.

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Hague: peace process would be more likely with assurances from PA

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the likelihood of a return to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would have been greater if the Palestinian Authority had given the reassurances Britain asked for ahead of Thursday UN General assembly vote.

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Palestinians win non-member observer status at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

A majority of United Nations countries have voted to give the Palestinians non-member observer status.

In all, 138 countries backed President Mahmoud Abbas, while nine voted against it.

Britain was set to be among 41 countries to formally abstain in the General Assembly vote, which Mr Abbas described as the "last chance to save the two-state solution".

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.

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PA will not refrain from taking Israel to ICC

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed calls to promise not prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court if the UN General Assembly votes to upgrade the body to non-member observer status on Thursday.

American diplomatic efforts to soften the wording of the Palestinian resolution and introduce a clause in which the PA promises not to sue for war crimes has not been successful.

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Yasir Arafat’s remains exhumed in Ramallah

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The remains of former president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasir Arafat, have been exhumed in Ramallah as part of an ongoing investigation into how he died.

Samples were removed from the body by a Palestinian doctor on Tuesday, with the team of Swiss, French and Russian scientists who will examine the samples were standing by to supervise.

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Clegg lobbies Cameron to support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 26, 2012

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to lobby Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to back the Palestinian UN bid, the Guardian has reported.

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British officer and EU adviser moves to ‘Palestine’

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2012

A senior British officer, who was sent to advise Palestinian police by an EU committee, has retired from the police force to move to the region .

Former Chief Inspector Andrew Udall, from Shropshire, is the first British officer who was sent to advise, train and equip Palestinian police by the EU Co-ordination Office.

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