(Jerusalem Post / Worthy News)– Palestinians will pursue Israel in the international legal arena — for war crimes and for apartheid acts — if it takes punitive measures against the newly unified Hamas-Fatah government, warned chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The PLO could do this by activating the 15 international treaties and conventions Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had signed in April, Erekat said.
"We urge the Israeli government to refrain from any punitive actions," Erekat told a small group of journalists and diplomats who traveled with him Tuesday to the outskirts of a small Beduin encampment in Area C of the West Bank, just outside of Jerusalem.
"If they [Israelis] go ahead in the line of escalation, we will react," Erekat said.
In 2014, the international community should "not stomach" the use of an apartheid system, Erekat said.
"Instead of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state we should recognize Israel as the apartheid state."