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Israel to block entry of UN probe


08:17, March 26, 2012

JERUSALEM, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli government has decided to bar entry into Israel by a United Nation's Human Rights Council (HRC) fact-finding probe into presumed abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank, a senior minister said Sunday.

"We have many resources but we will act with discretion and will not shoot from the hip," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio.

The government's "group of eight" senior ministers will convene on Sunday to consider punitive measures against the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) over the HRC's decision to send an evidence-gathering mission to the area.

Sanctions, including withholding tax revenues that Israel collects on behalf of the PNA, are among the steps to be weighed at the weekly cabinet session, the Ha'aretz daily said. Israel is also warning that it may also halt joint economic projects with the PNA, as well as recall its envoy to the Geneva-based organization.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz are said to be supportive of taking fiscal punitive measures against the PNA.

On a similar note, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement after the 39:1 vote, "This is a hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel. This council ought to be ashamed of itself."

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Wayne Burke at 2012-03-2775.67.59.*
As Fatah"s nonviolence adviser, I advise Fatah that the UN can file arrest warrants as a complainant for Crimes Against Humanity at the International Court of Justice within the Jerusalem internationalized zone in Resolution 181: the present municipality of Jerusalem plus the surrounding villages and towns, the most eastern of which shall be Abu Dis; the most southern, Bethlehem; the most western, ‘Ein Karim (including also the built-up area of Motsa); and the most northern Shu’fat. Israel"s admission to the UN on Nov 5 1949 froze its borders without the UN Jerusalem zone in Resolution 181. The UN is able to prosecute the Prime Minister, his cabinet, and members of Knesset.

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