What do Americans mean when they use the term Palestine?
- By: Daoud Kuttab
The US response to the efforts by Palestinian president to join international organisations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), is puzzling.
The spokeswoman of the US State Department made an unusual attack in trying to express Washington’s opposition.
“The United States does not believe Palestine is a sovereign state and, therefore, does not qualify to be part of the International Criminal Court,” said Jan Psaki after the UN secretary general confirmed that Palestine’s application to the ICC has been officially accepted.
That Palestine is not a sovereign state is not disputed; that is exactly the problem which has been around for 47 years and which the latest UN Security Council resolution would have rectified, had it not been for the US negative vote and unfair pressures on African countries.