Pipe­line bat­tle es­ca­lates as B.C. Govt...

The Miracle - - Front Page - Source: Al-Jazeera

The B.C. gov­ern­ment struck back at Al­berta on Tues­day in the Kin­der Mor­gan pipe­line dis­pute, launch­ing le­gal ac­tion chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Al­berta’s new leg­is­la­tion that al­lows it to turn off the fuel taps to B.C. Diana Buttu, a for­mer le­gal ad­viser to Pales­tinian ne­go­tia­tors, told Al Jazeera that while “this has been an op­tion for the PA for quite some time, the sig­nif­i­cance now is that there is enough pres­sure on PA Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas to do some­thing”. The rea­sons be­hind the PA’s de­ci­sion not to make such a move ear­lier, she ex­plained, were linked to how ap­prox­i­mately “one mil­lion Pales­tini­ans” were on the PA’s pay­roll, adding that “in­ter­na­tional donors have also played a role in mak­ing it clear that they will not sup­port a PA that is ac­tu­ally de­fend­ing Pales­tinian rights”. In re­tal­i­a­tion for Pales­tine’s de­ci­sion to join the ICC in 2015, Is­rael with­held mil­lions of dol­lars in tax rev­enues that it col­lects on be­half of the PA. The lat­ter has also rou­tinely been threat­ened by the US and Is­rael not to make any moves in the ICC. But while a re­fer­ral does not au­to­mat­i­cally trig­ger an investigation, it ap­plies more pres­sure on the prose­cu­tor to open one. Com­ment­ing on the Pales­tinian re­fer­ral to the ICC on Tues­day, the Is­raeli for­eign min­istry said the re­quest is “legally in­valid”. “The ICC lacks ju­ris­dic­tion over the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian is­sue, since Is­rael is not a mem­ber of the Court and be­cause the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity is not a state.” Both Pales­tinian and in­ter­na­tional rights groups have long called for the ICC to open a for­mal investigation. Omar Shakir, the Is­rael-Pales­tine di­rec­tor at New York-based Hu­man Rights Watch, said “with­out ac­count­abil­ity, blood­shed will con­tinue”. Re­fer­ring to the Is­raeli army’s killing of 111 Pales­tinian pro­test­ers in the Gaza Strip since March 30, Shakir told Al Jazeera: “The cal­cu­lated killings of over 100 Pales­tini­ans in demon­stra­tions in Gaza high­lights the im­por­tance of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court prose­cu­tor open­ing a for­mal investigation into se­ri­ous crimes in Pales­tine.”

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