UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas summoned Palestinian envoy in Washington on Tuesday, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
Erekat said the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, Hossam Zamelat, was on his way back to the Palestinian territories.
“The decision came after the transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” a foreign ministry statement issued by the official WAFA news agency said.
The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday at a ceremony attended by the daughter of US President Donald Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Trump admitted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December and pledged to move the US embassy there.
The two resolutions on Jerusalem have angered Palestinians who say the United States is no longer an honest broker in the peace process.
Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their state they hope to build in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Protests at the Gaza border on Monday turned into one of the deadliest days for Palestinians in recent years after Israeli forces killed 60 people, according to data from Palestinian health ministry officials. Israel said it was protecting its territory.
Erekat said Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki signed on Tuesday Israel’s referral documents to the International Criminal Court for “war crimes”. One of his aides confirmed that the request included the deadly Israeli response to the protesters in Gaza and the building of settlements.
“Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Riyad Al-Malki signed the official referral of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and called on the International Criminal Court and the Prosecutor General Fatou Bensouda to open a judicial investigation with Israeli officials on war crimes against our people,” Erekat said.