Monday, 24 September, 2018

Gazan Palestinians Enter Israel, Set Fire To IDF Outpost

Turkey welcomes Palestine’s ICC move against Israel Gazan Palestinians Enter Israel, Set Fire To IDF Outpost
Theresa Hayes | 22 May, 2018, 20:57

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki will submit a referral to the International Criminal Court on the Israeli crimes and violations of the Palestinian peoples' rights. The International Criminal Court has the authority to hear cases of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the 123 countries that have signed up to it.

"The state of Israel believes that this is a cynical step without legal validity", a diplomatic spokesman said in a statement.

According to a Palestinian statement, the so-called referral that Mr Al Maliki handed to the court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Tuesday underscored "that there is sufficient compelling evidence of the ongoing commission of grave crimes to warrant an immediate investigation".

We call on the global community to assume its legal, human and moral responsibilities to put an end to the decades-long Palestinian suffering by guaranteeing the rights of the Palestinian people under worldwide law and worldwide humanitarian law.

Palestine gained United Nations observer state status five years ago and later joined the ICC, which has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals.

"T$3 he 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", it said in a statement.

Israel has summoned the ambassadors of Spain, Slovenia and Belgium over their votes at a United Nations body calling for an worldwide probe of the deadly shootings of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border, the foreign ministry said Monday.

The request for research includes recent death of dozens of Palestinian protesters on Gaza Strip border by Israeli soldiers.

Statement said that with the gravity and intensification of crimes committed in the territory of the State of Palestine and the impunity with which Israeli officials and other citizens commit those crimes, it has become necessary for the State of Palestine to take this step. Most notably, this referral will cover "crimes associated with the Israeli colonial settlement regime in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem".

"The State of Palestine stresses the importance of achieving justice for the victims of crimes, reaffirms its commitment to cooperate fully with the Court and maintains that ensuring justice and accountability is crucial the integrity and credibility of the ICC itself".

The Palestinians appear to have an especially strong case in the matter of settlements.

Under worldwide law it is illegal to transfer populations out of or into occupied territory. Israel withdrew its settlements and some 8,000 settlers from Gaza in 2005. In 2004, the International Court of Justice, the UN's highest, ruled in an advisory opinion that the settlements breached international law. The Israeli military captured the territory in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and claimed the territory is not occupied as it was captured from Jordan.