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Thursday, 1 January 2015

The United States is "deeply troubled"

 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/31/palestinian-president-international-criminal-court



Palestinian president signs up to join international criminal court

Mahmoud Abbas has signed the Rome statute, the ICC’s founding treaty

 

The United States is, according to the State Department, "deeply troubled" by the Palestinian move to join the international criminal court. Likewise, in Israel Netanyahu said,  Israel would take unspecified “retaliatory steps”. to maintain their occupation of Palestine and the expansion of their "settlement" building program.
It will be interesting to see whether the International Criminal Court will cave in to the blackmail, threats and other intimidation that the United States and Israel frequently employ against any country prepared to support the Palestinians, in order to maintain the subjugation of the Palestinian people by occupation, frequent use of military force and blockade.
We must hope and trust that the ICC is more resilient to "persuasion" than Goodluck Johnson and others in the "International Community"have been over recent times.