Palestinians to seek membership in 63 U.N. bodies and international conventions

The PLO emblem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) central body decided to adopt a plan to pursue membership in 63 United Nations bodies and international conventions, following the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

“We want the occupation to cost Israel dearly in political and international terms,” a senior PLO official told Haaretz.

The plan by the PLO was adopted during a two-day closed session by the group’s central body. The PLO also adopted resolutions calling on the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel “for settlement construction, anti-Palestinian actions in Jerusalem, and harm to the status of churches and mosques, especially Al-Aqsa on Jerusalem’s Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount,” and affirmed its “absolute rejection” of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Haaretz reported.

The decision of when to pursue the plan to accede international bodies was left up to PLO Chairman and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted on April 28, 2014 .