It's wrong to oppose Palestine's ICC application

Middle East Eye, 2 January 2015

 The 'hypocrisy' of advising Palestine against joining the ICC is dangerous (AFP)
The 'hypocrisy' of advising Palestine against joining the ICC is dangerous (AFP)

 

Israel and its allies have only themselves to blame for the Palestinian application to the ICC. Since Palestine's upgraded status at the UN more than two years ago allowed it to join the Court, the PA repeatedly delayed doing so - causing widespread Palestinian anger - while warning that Israel's repeated provocations would force its hand.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's seemingly limitless patience with Israel finally ran out this week, signing the document requesting ICC membership the day after the UN Security Council's failure to adopt a resolution calling for a timeframe to end the occupation. He cannot be accused of rushing to join the ICC - on the contrary. [...]

For the sake of his own domestic position, Abbas could no longer break promises to join the Court. [...]

Israel has focused throughout this period on process over peace, in order to provide time to entrench its occupation and colonisation of Palestine.

Successive Israeli governments have been very clear, in their statements and actions, that they oppose the creation of a viable Palestinian state. Why, then, should the Palestinians bother to negotiate?

[...] Supporters of Israel condemn any armed resistance to the occupation, including that which is permissible under international law (not targeting civilians).

However, they also oppose peaceful avenues such as the ICC, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and initiatives at the UN such as the most recent failed resolution or joining UN organisations. In effect, Israel and its allies will only accept Palestinian capitulation.

Insisting on the creation of a Palestinian state only via negotiations with a country doggedly opposed to it is not just illogical, it is insulting, particularly when coming from those who profess support for such a state.