RAMALLAH, Jan.20 – Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned, in a statement Monday, statements made by Israeli cabinet ministers, in which they called for liquidating the assets of the International Criminal Court upon its launching of a preliminary investigation into potential Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians.

The ministry described these threats as a “public terror act” aiming to pressure the ICC and compel it to stop its investigation, saying they are a blatant violation of international law and a slap to the international community and the United Nations.

The ministry voiced its astonishment over the “silence of the international community” over the Israeli threats to international peace and security, in addition to Israel’s disregard to the impunity of international organizations.

It asked the international community to avert using “double standards” when dealing with international issues, calling upon the world to realize the threat and immediately act to protect international law and UN bodies.

Earlier Sunday, Israeli officials said Israel was lobbying State Parties of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, officials said on Sunday.

“Israel, which like the United States does not belong to the ICC, hopes to dent funding for the court that is drawn from the 122 member-states in accordance with the size of their economies,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.


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