Israel’s Impunity is the Mistake, says PLO Member

RAMALLAH, January 20, 2015 (WAFA) – PLO member Hanan Ashrawi Tuesday described the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s insistence that the Palestinians are making a ‘huge mistake’ by going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “adopting an arrogant tone”.

Ashrawi said in a press release that, ‘The huge mistake is allowing Israel to persist in its violations and war crimes, including its illegal settlement activities, the shelling and bombing of innocent civilians in Gaza, the expansion of the apartheid wall and checkpoints, the annexation and political, geographical and cultural transformation of Jerusalem, the superimposition of ‘Greater Israel’ on historical Palestine, and Israeli policies of ethnic cleansing, particularly in Jerusalem, Area C and the Negev.”

She explained that the red line is the impunity that Israel enjoys for its violations and the fact that Israel is enabled by apologists like Baird to persist with the support of self-appointed advocates who become complicit in these war crimes.’