Arab League set to push for new Palestinian UN bid

Arab League set to push for new Palestinian UN bid

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The Arab League will seek to table another resolution at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

The decision was made at a meeting with Arab foreign ministers in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Thursday.

The League has said in a statement that several Arab states are tasked with undertaking “the necessary communications and consultations to submit a new Arab proposal to the Security Council.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed for the establishment of a committee to initiate the bid and conduct further consultations.

The Arab League decision comes just weeks after the 15-member council narrowly voted down a similar effort.

Abbas also recently signed the documents necessary for Palestine to join 20 international organizations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Abbas’ decision is believed to be closely related to the outcome of a UN Security Council meeting on December 30, when the body failed to pass a resolution requiring Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories captured in 1967.

The ICC has the legal authority to prosecute individuals for war crimes, an issue that Israelis have been repeatedly accused of over the massacre of Palestinians.

Israel has launched three wars on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip since 2008. During the latest military aggression against Gaza in summer 2014, Tel Aviv used advanced weapons to kill over 2,140 Palestinians and destroy thousands of homes.

In 2012, Palestine was acknowledged by the UN as a non-member observer state. Following the move, several parliaments of the European countries also adopted resolutions recognizing Palestinian statehood in principle.

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