‘Palestine to sue Israel when UN member’ 25Sep11 September 25, 2011

Press TV  -  24 September 2011
The charge d’affaires of the Palestinian Embassy in Iran says if Palestine is recognized as a sovereign state at the UN, it will lodge a complaint with the UN against the Israeli regime for its war crimes.

Mohammed Mustafa Abu Jawhir said in Shiraz on Saturday that one of the reasons for the Israeli opposition to the Palestinian statehood bid is that if Palestine becomes a UN member, it will file a suit against Israel for war crimes, ISNA reported.

“If we are recognized as a an independent state that is a member of the UN, we can complain to the UN As a member state that has been invaded by another member and this organization will be forced to intervene,” he added.

“Palestine is an independent country and must have an appropriate place among other world countries and [be able to] defend the rights of its people,” the Palestinian official stressed.

On Friday, the acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief, Mahmoud Abbas, officially submitted his bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state to the world body’s secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbas o said that he had decided to request for UN membership of his state after Israel smashed all efforts to reach a peace through talks.

The US has several times threatened that it will veto the PA bid for statehood at the UN Security Council. The United States cannot block the UN General Assembly vote for the change of Palestine’s status in the world body from entity to state, but it can veto it later at the Security Council.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel invaded and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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