Als het Palestijnse leiderschap zich zelf vanaf nu ook aan deze verdragen zou houden, dan is dit een stap in de goede richting: goed voor de Palestijnen en goed voor vrede.
President Abbas signed letters of accession to the following 15 multilateral treaties and conventions:
1. The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol
2. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
3. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
4. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict
5. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
6. The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land
7. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
8. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
9. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
10. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
11. The United Nations Convention against Corruption
12. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
13. The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
14. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
15. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Of course, in areas under Palestinian Arab control most of these treaties are routinely and egregiously violated. Racial discrimination, violation of children's rights, women's rights, torture, and corruption? Check, check, check, check and check.
But, of course, Abbas doesn't intend to protect his citizens from their Arab leaders, but to use these conventions as an excuse to slam Israel. We've seen this numerous times, as they use the language of human rights to damn Israel while denying their own people those same rights.
Palestinian Arabs are the world's foremost experts at weaponizing human rights.