It [US being sued by Palestinians] is possible or the US could be joined with Israel in any kind of complaining to the International Criminal Court [ICC], as fundamental Palestinian rights have been breached in a manner that is criminal by the virtue of Geneva Conventions and by virtue of International Criminal Law.”A prominent UN special Rapporteur says that both the US and UN would lose their credibility if they keep not being serious in defending Palestinians rights against illegal settlements. Press TV has conducted an interview with Richard Falk, UN special Rapporteur from California to shed more light on the issue at hand. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview. Press TV: It is interesting that the US says that it is deeply disappointed about the illegal settlements, which are illegal; [but] yet refuses to support a resolution condemning such an activity. How much does this double standard and contradictory attitude damage America’s image in both the public eye and at the UN itself? Falk: I think it is unfortunate. The US should be prepared to stand behind its assessment of the unlawfulness and disruptive character of this further settlement expansion in the sessions of the UN.
It undermines the credibility both of the United States and the UN to be saying one thing informally not be wiling to follow through with kind of emphasis in a way that shows that one is serious about protecting Palestinian rights and protecting the possibility of a peaceful solution to this conflict.Press TV: Mr. Falk many are saying that the US is complicit in the crimes that Israel has committed against the Palestinians, either though political or material support. How likely would Palestine be able to sue the US for such complicity with its recent upgraded status? Falk: Well, I think that it is at least possible or that the US could be joined with Israel in any kind of complaining to the International Criminal Court [ICC], as fundamental Palestinian rights have been breached in a manner that is criminal by the virtue of Geneva Conventions and by virtue of International Criminal Law. MY/JR