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About Palestinian’s Status Upgrade

About Palestinian’s Status Upgrade

Just last week, as the international community was fully expecting, the United Nations voted in favor of Palestine’s status upgrade. As has been talked about at length already, this means that Palestine will almost certainly join the International Criminal Count. Membership in the ICC will guarantee the Palestinian populace an enforcement mechanism for any war crimes and crimes against humanity happening on its soil. Depending largely on who you ask, war crimes might be occurring there nearly every day – the culprit of course being Israel.

So who is in favor of this? If last Thursday’s vote is any indication, Palestine has the support of one hundred and thirty-eight members of the UN assembly – among them: China, Russia, Brazil, and India.

The most expected opponents of the Palestinian’s new status are the United States and Israel. Israel certainly has the most to lose, and the United States’s longstanding disagreements with the ICC (as well as its alliance with Israel) make its position no surprise.

But not all of the UN motion’s opponents are voting on direct bias. In fact, some of its most vocal opponents were the United Kingdom and France. They argued that the presence of an enforcement mechanism like the ICC could ruin peace talks. Nine nations, including Canada and Panama, ended up voting against the motion. Forty-one nations (UK and Germany among them) abstained from the vote.

It should be interesting to see if, when Israel and the United States are no longer in the position to vote, there ends up being any opposition to Palestine becoming an ICC signatory – not because of ties with Israel but rather for fear of disrupting peace talks.

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One response to “About Palestinian’s Status Upgrade

  1. mrmaroon14 December 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    This is a very interesting debate for a couple of reasons. First, with the status upgrade of Palestine, I’m interested to see how the ICC actually affects the supposed war crimes happening every day. I’m always interested in seeing exactly how the presence of the ICC effects and translates into the real world. Is the presence of a committee, such as the ICC, meant to deter? To intimidate? Will Palestine become a safer place because there is the statement of support from the ICC? These are questions that could be answered in the very near future in Palestine. Secondly, the idea that the ICC upgrading Palestine could negate peace talks is unique. If this actually happens, and it seems very plausible at this point, then what is the objective of the ICC’s actions? Is it peace? If so, how can talks that could lead directly to peace, be impeded by a group whose main objective is peace within a state? It’s a weird situation that will have an interesting outcome one way or the other.

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