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Abbas to join 22 international treaties in demur of Trump's Jerusalem move

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has cut ties with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital but, popular as it is domestically, analysts question how long that tough line can last
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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon approved the Palestinians' applications for 10 agreements in 2014

The Palestinians intend to apply to join 22 international treaties, including 18 of the United Nations, in protest against the decision of US President Donald Trump, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, unilaterally, which is trying to Tel Aviv and Washington obstructed.

The goal advanced by the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas conspicuously includes signing on to the Article 8 amendment of the Rome Convention relating to the International Criminal Court in The Hague (which prohibits the use of chemical weapons, such as gasses), following Palestinian complaints that Israel has recently begun to use a new gas to disperse crowds. 

The Israeli media reported on Thursday that Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon was in contact with his American counterpart, Nikki Haley, to develop a response. 

Among the list, the Palestinian Authority also called for adherence to the Convention against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

The Palestinians had already applied for 15 international treaties in April 2014, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Fourth Geneva Convention and the United Nations Convention against Corruption, in response to Israel's procrastination to release Palestinian prisoners during that period. Then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon allowed the Palestinians to join 10 agreements sponsored by the organization.

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