Friday, 30 November 2012
Palestine in International Law
I was wrong to think the vote for Palestine would be a hollow victory. I have received the following from Clarity Press, publishers of Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law by Francis F. Boyle, Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law: Professor Boyle said today: "This can be the start of a 'Legal Intifadah' by Palestine against Israel: 1. "Palestine can join the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court and file a Complaint with the ICC against the illegal settlements and settlers, who are committing war crimes; 2. "Palestine can join the Statute for the International Court of Justice, sue Israel at the World Court, and break the illegal siege of Gaza; 3. "Palestine can join the Law of the Sea Convention and get its fair share of the enormous gas fields lying off the coast of Gaza, thus becoming economically self-sufficient; 4. "Palestine can become a High Contracting Party to the Four Geneva Conventions [this deals with the laws of war]; 5. "Palestine can join the International Civil Aviation Organization and gain sovereign, legal control over its own airspace; 6. "Palestine can join the International Telecommunications Union and gain sovereign legal control over its own airwaves, phone lines, bandwidths."