Palestinians seek to join U.N. bodies

The Palestinians will attempt to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements under a plan adopted by the PLO’s central council.

The council adopted the plan during a meeting April 27 in Ramallah following confirmation that Israel has frozen plans for 19 Palestinian construction projects in the West Bank.

An unnamed Israeli official told the French news agency AFP that the decision to freeze the housing projects came after the Palestinian Authority last month applied to join 15 international organizations and treaties. The applications were filed after Israel missed a deadline to free a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners as part of the current U.S.-backed peace negotiations.

Israel suspended its participation in the negotiations last week after the Fatah party-led PA signed a unity agreement with Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States. — jta