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Palestinian Statehood - Legality of a Unilateral Declaration

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2010

The Palestinian Authority committed in the 1995 interim agreement that neither they nor Israel would take a step to change the status of the West Bank before a permanent status agreement. Unilateralism is not allowed by the Oslo Peace Accords. If the Palestinian Authority is in breach of a core commitment, they are breaking international law.

They may be hoping that international bodies will approve a declaration of statehood. In January 2009, the PA turned to the International Criminal Court with a declaration that recognized the jurisdiction of the ICC in "territorial Palestine." The Rome Statue that created the ICC declared that requests can be brought only on behalf of States.

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