PLO announces the ending of cooperation with Israeli courts

Palestinian President calls for an urgent meeting to discuss measures against Israel

Palestinian President calls for an urgent meeting to discuss measures against Israel

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas

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Gaza Post - Ramallah/ Agencies

The Palestinian Authority's leadership is expected to meet on Thursday to decide measures against Israel following the demolition of Palestinian homes in the village of Sur Baher, on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Sunday.

In Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' chambers, the meeting was described as "a watershed moment" that will redefine the organization's relationship with Israel.

"In light of the great ongoing challenges we face from Israel's side — including holding Palestinian tax revenues, the continuation of the destructive settlement program and the destruction of Palestinian citizens' homes, Abbas called an urgent meeting in which important decisions will be taken," said Abbas' spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

In a press conference held by Saeb Erakat, Secretary-General of the PLO, he implied about possible measures that could be decided on Thursday: "The Palestinian leadership is discussing how to cancel all its agreements with Israel," Erakat said.

"The PLO announces the ending of cooperation with Israeli courts and calls on the International Court of Justice to immediately launch an investigation against Israel," Erakat said, adding that the PLO "has spoken to the UN and the EU in regard to Israeli crimes."

The PLO has several tools it can use to pressure Israel, one of which is ceasing its security cooperation with Israeli security forces or limiting it, as it had done during the diplomatic crisis that followed the 2017 Temple Mount crisis, but resumed cooperation shortly after.

The PLO announced it would stop security cooperation with Israel on several other occasions, but the decision was never actually implemented and in fact cooperation between Israel and the PLO has only grown stronger.

 

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