Trump Administration shuts down DC's headquarters of the Palestine Liberation Organization

National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Kyiv Ukraine on Aug. 24 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Kyiv Ukraine on Aug. 24 2018. Maxym Marusenko—Nur

"We have been officially informed that the USA administration will close our embassy in Washington as a punishment for continuing to work with the International Criminal Court against Israeli war crimes", Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said. Jordan, a US ally, said the decision would only fuel radicalism and harm prospects for Middle East peace.

The move comes in ostensible retaliation for efforts by the Palestinian leadership to have crimes allegedly committed by Israel prosecuted by The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC).

Despite the mistrust, 53 per cent of respondents still support the idea of an independent Palestinian state in areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, while only 24 per cent backed a solution of one state of Israelis and Palestinians together. He also indicated the Palestinians plan to join other worldwide bodies. They have since rejected the peace broker. "The Trump administration wants to dismantle the global order to ensure that it can stay above the laws and escape accountability".

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents several people who claim they were detained and tortured in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2008 and could be victims or witnesses in any ICC prosecution, said Bolton's threats were "straight out of an authoritarian playbook".

"We will sanction their funds in the USA financial system, and we will prosecute them in the USA criminal system", he will add. "After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us", says Bolton's draft text.

"The United States continues to believe that direct negations between the two parties are the only way forward", she said, "This action should not be exploited by those who seek to act as spoilers to distract from the imperative of reaching a peace agreement".

The Trump administration is reportedly set to announce the closing of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, D.C., in a bid to pressure the Palestinian leadership to participate in Middle East peace efforts.

"The US made the correct decision regarding the PLO mission in Washington", Netanyahu said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

Israel claims that the village was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents, but critics say that its removal is meant to make room for an Israeli settlement. In 2011, under the Obama administration, the United States started letting the Palestinians fly their flag over the office, an upgrade to the status of their mission that the Palestinians hailed as historic.

"We have been notified by a United States official of their decision to close the Palestinian Mission to the US".

Although the US does not recognize Palestinian statehood, the PLO has maintained a "general delegation" office in Washington that facilitates Palestinian officials' interactions with the USA government.

Over the weekend, it announced it would cut $25 million in assistance for hospitals in east Jerusalem that provide critical care to Palestinian patients.

It was an extraordinary rebuke decried by human rights groups who complained it was another Trump administration rollback of US leadership in demanding accountability for gross abuses.

The community in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar is one of the 46 Bedouin communities in the central West Bank that the United Nations considers at risk of forcible transfer.

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