United States threatens to sanction war crimes court judges

Glen Norman
September 11, 2018

The vigorous speech, titled "Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats", according to the Washington Post, will be delivered to a conservative group in Washington today.

"Israel too has sharply criticised the ICC". In his speech, he made familiar arguments against the court, saying that it infringed on American sovereignty, had unchecked power, and was "ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright unsafe".

Bolton is also expected to announced in his speech Monday that the State Department is shutting down a Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington in response to Palestinian efforts to have the court prosecute Israeli actions.

"Lowering the flag of Palestine in Washington, D.C. means much more than a new slap by the Trump administration against peace and justice; it symbolizes the us attacks against the global system as a whole, including the Paris Convention, UNESCO, and the Human Rights Council".

"The United States continues to believe that direct negotiations between the two parties are the only way forward".

We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017'.

Bolton also signaled that the administration was actively evaluating its participation in other multilateral institutions like the World Trade Organization, from which President Trump has previously threatened to withdraw.

The International Criminal Court was created to adjudicate international war crimes and acts of terrorism.

Those allegations were submitted to the ICC.

The Palestinians said they were undeterred from going to the ICC.

Bolton said on Monday that the United States will impose sanctions on court officials who attempt to investigate either the USA or Israel.

But John Bolton has pledged to use "any means necessary" to protect American citizens and their allies from being prosecuted there. "The United States supports a direct and robust process, and we will not allow the ICC or any other organization to constrain Israel's right to self-defense".

The State Department said the Palestinians had refused to engage with either the United States or Israel and of rejecting outright a still unseen U.S. peace plan. Alleged possible perpetrators included the Central Intelligence Agency, the Taliban and Afghan forces. He promised to "take notes" of the countries cooperating with the ICC, warning that such behavior will affect their relations with the United States and might result in slashing the USA aid to such nations.

"President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization's mission in Washington, the latest US blow against the Palestinians and an worldwide court during the stalled Mideast peace process", writes the Associated Press.

The US, Erekat said, seems "willing to disband the worldwide system in order to protect Israeli crimes and attacks against the land and people of Palestine".

Under President George W. Bush, the United States did not ratify the Rome Treaty that established the ICC in 2002.

Although the Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged in active, direct negotiations, Trump's administration has been working to mediate a peace deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The U.S. has announced it is ending its decades of funding for the United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees, slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza and cutting funding to hospitals in Jerusalem that serve Palestinians.

The Palestinians have asked the ICC to investigate Israel on issues ranging from settlement building in the occupied West Bank to civilian casualties in the 2014 Gaza war, among others.

Some 600,000 Israeli settlers now live there and in occupied east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their capital.

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