Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas last week signed 15 treaties and applications to international bodies in an effort to unilaterally gain recognition for the “State of Palestine.” But Israeli officials derisively noted that the Palestinians are already in violation of most, if not all, of those treaties.
“Had the Palestinians bothered to read the applications to the various conventions they seek to join, they would understand that they are in blatant violation of the majority of their articles,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said during a Jerusalem Post conference in New York. “They tend to forget the surprising concept that joining international treaties also includes obligations.”
For instance, Proser reminded Abbas that he periodically likes to send Palestinian journalists to jail for unflattering coverage of his regime. By doing so, Abbas “actually violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” Prosor pointed out. “If he will sign the convention, I’m afraid it’s something he’ll have to work on.”
Proser also sarcastically wondered if after signing the Geneva Convention, Abbas would condemn Hamas over its “use of schools, mosques and hospitals for the purpose of murderous terrorist attacks, firing at Israeli civilians and using innocent civilians as human shields.”
Additionally, the Palestinian Authority regularly encourages youth to engage in violence, does nothing to prevent child labor or marriage, and has given its tacit approval to the phenomenon of “honor killings.” All these things and more fail to meet the requirements of the international conventions Abbas seeks to join.
Proser warned that by signing these treaties, Abbas is opening the Palestinian Authority up to the same kind of legal action the Palestinians and their supporters consistently try to employ against Israel.
The Israeli legal group Shurat Hadin said that by joining the International Criminal Court, Palestinian leaders could now face charges of war crimes for their involvement in terrorism against Israeli Jews.
Shurat Hadin chairperson Nitzana Darshan-Leitner told Israel National News that her group has in fact been waiting for such an opportunity, and has already gathered much evidence.