Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
On Friday 8th March, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned Canada’s warning to cut off its aid if Palestinians takes Israel to the International Criminal Court.
Referring to the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s warning to cut off its aid, Saeb Erkat questioned why Canada is being so hostile towards Palestine.
“We do not know why Canada is showing all this hostility against us,” said Erekat, “Those who fear international courts must force Israel to stop its crimes.”
Both Canada and U.S. have strongly warned of financial consequences if Palestine takes Israel to the court, John Baird said while addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference in Washington last Sunday.
Palestinians are planning on taking the Israeli government to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for continuing to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
It’s worth mentioning that Canada was among nine countries who voted against the recognition of Palestine as an ‘Observer’ state in the United Nations General Assembly.