Abbas signs international treaties including Rome Statute

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed an international treaty that will allow the investigation of Israel for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

Abbas on Wednesday, a day after the defeat of a Palestinian statehood resolution in the United Nations Security Council, reportedly signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, as well as more than 20 other international treaties.


Abbas signed the treaties at an emergency meeting of the PA leadership in Ramallah, called in the wake of the Security Council vote held on Tuesday, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported Wednesday evening.

If the ICC accepts the PA’s request to join the Rome Statute, which brings the Palestinians one step closer to being full members of the court, then the ICC would have jurisdiction for crimes committed on Palestinian territory. The acceptance would allow the PA to call on the ICC to investigate Israel for possible war crimes.

Also on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry summoned France’s ambassador to Israel, Patrick Maisonnave, for “clarifications” over his country’s vote in favor of the Palestinian statehood resolution.  The final vote saw eight countries voting in favor of the resolution, two against and five abstentions. Nine votes were needed for passage.

The meeting will take place on Friday, according to Haaretz.