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PA blasts UK’s ‘subversion of global order’ after Johnson opposes ICC probe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said London opposes the International Criminal Court’s decision to probe Israel for possible war crimes.

In a letter to Conservative Friends of Israel, Johnson said: “We do not accept that the ICC has jurisdiction in this instance, given that Israel is not a party to the Statute of Rome and Palestine is not a sovereign state.”

He added that the decision “gives the impression of being a prejudicial attack” on the Jewish state.

The Palestinian Authority reacts angrily. In a statement, the PA’s mission in London says the statement “marks a low point in UK-Palestine relations and undermines the UK’s credibility on the international stage.”

The International Criminal Court, September 24, 2017 (Courtesy ICC)

It adds, “The letter is a contradiction of international law. It is a contradiction of British policy. It subverts the rules-based global order. And it sets back efforts to secure a lasting and just peace in Palestine.”

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