We also talked about the significance of the failed effort last week to pass a UN Security Council resolution ostensibly calling for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank.
Will the attempt to join the ICC help bring Israeli leaders to justice for war crimes committed over the summer in Gaza, as well as for long-standing war crimes such as the colonization of occupied Palestinian land? Watch the video above or read a full transcript.
Here’s Democracy Now’s summary:
In a move opposed by the United States and Israel, Palestinian leaders have submitted a request to join the International Criminal Court and sign over a dozen other international treaties. The Palestinian Authority says it will seek the prosecution of Israeli officials for war crimes in the Occupied Territories. In retaliation, Israel has halted the transfer of tax revenues needed to pay for Palestinian salaries and public services.
The Palestinian Authority opted to join the ICC after the United States and Israel successfully lobbied against a UN Security Council measure calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2017. We are joined by two guests: Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer and Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s United Nations; and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine.