Middle East

Palestinians eye UN deadline to end Israel occupation

A Palestinian walks on the rubble of a mosque that was partially damaged by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt)

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership is to demand the international community set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of the territories, a senior official told AFP Monday.

The move comes as Palestinian and world leaders continue to push for an end to seven weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, and seek a more permanent end to violence between Israel and the Islamist movement, Hamas.

The Palestinian leadership is preparing "to go to the U.N. Security Council to enforce an end to the (Israeli) occupation," senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Wasel Abu Yusef told AFP.

Labor Minister Ahmad al-Majdalani also said the leadership was "working towards... holding an international conference to set a timetable for an end to the occupation," he told AFP Sunday.

Neither official gave any details on when the Palestinian demand would be presented.

Such a move would likely be vetoed by the United States which traditionally opposes any step perceived as anti-Israeli at the Security Council.

The Palestinians have threatened to apply to join the International Criminal Court at which legal action could be taken against Israeli officials over its actions in the occupied territories and the ongoing war in Gaza.

Hamas, the main power in Gaza, announced Saturday it had signed a document calling on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to apply for ICC membership.

So far, Abbas has not yet made the application.

Israel's latest face-off with Hamas, which began on July 8, has so far killed at least 2,122 Palestinians and 68 people in Israel, four of them civilians.





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