All occupied Palestinian territory is State of Palestine: Former UN expert

In an Amicus Curiae on the situation of the State of Palestine submitted on 16 March to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories, said that the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory constitutes the legitimate territory of the State of Palestine.
According to a press release by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med), Falk, who is also a legal expert and head of the Board of Trustees of the Euro-Med Monitor, addressed in the submission the question directed to the Chamber of the ICC, namely that of the territorial jurisdiction of the Court in a future investigation into the Situation in Palestine.
He noted to the ICC that the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory constitutes the legitimate territory of the State of Palestine, and is subject to the Court’s jurisdiction, calling for giving priority to extending legal accountability over objections of Palestine as a sovereign State.
“The Court has no authority to make a ruling on the statehood of Palestine and it should instead accept what is widely accepted since Palestine has acceded to the Rome Statute, and was recognized as a non-Member State by the UN General Assembly, ” Falk said in the submission.
“Palestine statehood is a legal matter that is not subject to political considerations and stating so should not imply how the parties would solve their differences. The State of Palestine has the authority and competence to provide the Court with jurisdiction over the entirety of its territory,” he added.
Palestinian PM announces emergency budget amid shrinking government revenues
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced Sunday that the government will be applying an austere emergency public budget, in light of the inevitably shrinking government revenues as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in Palestine and the world.
Shtayyeh announced during a press conference today that the government revenues are expected to decrease by more than 50 percent and that international aid is scheduled to decline, but said the salaries of the public servants for March will be paid 100 percent. He added that the salaries will be disbursed on several days to avoid crowding – the main cause for infection of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the prime minister announced that 51 new doctors, medical specialists and general practitioners will be recruited by the government in the coming days to cover the needs of the healthcare sector at this critical stage.
On private-sector workers, Shtayyeh said the government agreed with the Palestine Workers Union to pay half of the salary of the workers who are currently unemployed for the months of March and April.
The premier renewed calls on the Palestinian workers not to work in the illegal Israeli settlements which have been an epicenter of the novel disease.
Earlier, Shtayyeh confirmed that two more cases of COVID-19 in the West Bank, which brought up the total cases to 106.

2020-03-29 | News | English |