Faltering Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas directs the PA to file superfluous charges at the International Court of Justice asserting President Trump’s order to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was violating international law.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday filed a case with the Hague-based International Court of Justice, asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated US embassy from Jerusalem, The Associated Press reported.
The court said that the PA’s case asks its judges “to order the United States of America to withdraw the diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem.”
Cases at the court can take years to complete. Its decisions are final and legally binding, but are not always adhered to. No date was immediately set for hearings.
US President Donald Trump announced last December that the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and would be relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The embassy officially relocated on May 14, the day on which the State of Israel was established in 1948.
President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Dec, 2017
The PA, angered by Trump’s move, broke off contact with the US after the announcement and refuses to consider the Trump administration an honest broker for peace negotiations with Israel.
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