Issa Qaraqa, the Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoner Affairs, called, Sunday for urgent action to allow the PA to join international organizations, now that the United Nations has recognized it as a non-member state. Addressing a news conference in Ramallah, Karaka said the PA should join the 1949 Geneva Convention and its three appendices, and apply to the International Court of Justice in the Hague to file suit against Israel's leaders for what he called crimes against the Palestinian people.
Chairman Shawan Jabarin of the Al-Hak human rights group told the reporters that the PA's legal status granted it a platform to defend the rights of all PA residents on all matters, including Jewish prisoners, communities, and the security fence. He stressed that negotiations are not the way to achieve what he called Palestinian rights. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird warned the PA, a few days ago against turning to the International Court of Justice, saying, "Such a move will not go quietly and will have consequences on the relationship between Canada and the Palestinian Authority."