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PA applies for membership of eight international treaties

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestine, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at United Nations headquarters.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The applications were submitted at the same time as the UN adopted resolutions against Israel on Friday

The Palestinian Authority has applied for membership to eight international treaties, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Convention against Apartheid in Sports, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Saturday.

The unilateral move by the PA comes in the wake of five resolutions against Israel adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday. The resolutions criticize Israel over settlement building in the West Bank, the "human rights situation" in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the "Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination" and on the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon commented on the PA’s application for membership of eight more treaties, saying that “the Palestinian leadership is wrong to think that it can dictate facts on the ground via bypasses and unilateral moves. Instead of ignoring the US and Israel, the Palestinians need to stop supporting terror and incitement."

Officials from the US and Israel lashed out at the UN Human Rights Council Friday's voting in the UN.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name. Our patience is not unlimited. Today's actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights," US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said.

The PA on the other hand welcome the resolutions. PA spokesperson Yusuf al-Mahmoud praised the member states who voted in favor of the resolutions “for their ability to stand in the face of injustice, arrogance, and occupation, and to reject the language of threats and coercion. The resolutions reflect an international position in favor of a just and fitting solution to the conflict.”

The PA and international treaties

The latest report by Israel’s Channel 2 is just the latest in a series of applications submitted by the PA since 2012 where “The State of Palestine was granted non-member observer State status at the UN.

In April 2014 the PA applied for 15 international treaties 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.

In December last year, PA President Mahmoud Abbas revealed his intentions 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.

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Abbas thank there other moos um states for passing more Nazi like resolutions that will mean nothing on the ground but are more than enough reason to punish the filthy sc u m palis

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