PA sues US in Hague, demands removal of US Embassy from Jerusalem

The PA describes the transfer of the Embassy as a “clear violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

By World Israel News Staff

Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad Malki submitted an indictment list Wednesday to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague for legal action against the United States for moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, reports Wafa, the PA news agency.

In the indictment, says Wafa, the PA describes the transfer of the embassy as a “clear violation of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

The legal action was taken a year after President Donald Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.

“One year after the Trump administration carried out its provocative and illegal action, the State of Palestine continues to seek justice and accountability through the tools and mechanisms available to law-abiding and respecting States within the international system,” Malki said in a statement. according to the news agency.

“The State of Palestine will continue to employ all available legal and diplomatic tools to defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people against all illegal acts of aggression and shall not surrender to political bullying and extortion,” said the foreign minister.

This is not the first time that the PA has acted in such a manner. In September, it filed a case with the ICJ, asking the judges “to order the United States of America to withdraw the diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem.”

In December 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, declaring that “Jerusalem is the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times,” and stating that “today, we finally acknowledged the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more than a recognition of reality,” said the U.S. president.

He added, however, that his declaration did not change the U.S. position that the determination of the ultimate boundaries of the city would be subject to the outcome of negotiations.