PA announces “State of Palestine” passports; Abbas to address UN on April 22; Draft resolution focused on settlement, settlement growth and settlers
The Palestinian Authority will present a new draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, focused on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as illegal, as well as calling to set a timeframe of one year to reach a permanent solution for a two-state solution.
The draft resolution is intended to attempt to create legal consequences if Israel is to continue settlement growth. The draft resolution also condemns acts of terror and violence and calls for “prevention of all acts of terror, violence, destruction, harassment and provocation by Israeli settlers, especially against Palestinian civilians and their properties, and calls for accountability for the perpetration of all such illegal acts.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to New York to address the Security Council on April 22 where he will officially present the resolution.
The Palestinian Authority additionally announced that it intends to begin issuing passports for Palestinians bearing the “State of Palestine”. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip hold passports of the “Palestinian Authority” to date. Abbas announced that all ID cards and passports for Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and “diaspora” will receive updated documents.