Palestinian rights groups urge swift action after ICC decision

    Officials and rights groups ‘Landmark’ welcomes the ICC’s decision that it has jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories.

    Palestinian rights groups have welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over the state of the occupied Palestinian territories and has asked court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to take swift action.

    Friday’s decision opens the way for the ICC to investigate alleged war crimes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Gaza Strip, surrounded by the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups.

    The 50-day war, which devastated the coastal enclave and killed 2,251 people on the Palestinian side, mostly civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers, has already been the subject of a five-year preliminary ICC investigation and a string There are important reports.

    Bensouda stated that in December 2019 “there was a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed in the West Bank or in East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”.

    She The Israeli military and armed Palestinian groups such as Hamas were designated as possible criminals and asked judges to rule on whether the situation would fall under the court’s jurisdiction before a formal investigation. Friday’s ruling paves the way for Bensouda to investigate alleged atrocities.

    Several Palestinian rights groups praised the ICC’s “historic decision”, and insisted that immediate action should be taken by Bensouda to “ensure justice and accountability for Palestinian victims”.

    “This decision is a crucially important step towards ensuring the rule of law, this decision is also an important step towards ending impotence, while ensuring the dignity of the Palestinian people,” Al-Haq al Center for Human Rights Rights Read a statement by rights groups. Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Al Demer Association for Human Rights.

    The boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) movement also welcomed the ICC’s decision, and called on the body to “stop dragging its feet, resist pressure from the US, Israel and Western countries and do its job immediately”.

    “Palestinians cannot tolerate any more crimes and suffering,” BDS said in a statement. “Justice delayed is justice denied. The ICC should hold Israel responsible for its decades of crimes against the Palestinian people. “

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday characterized the court’s decision as “anti-Semitic” and “perverse of justice” and vowed to fight it. Israel, which is not a member of the court, has rejected its jurisdiction.

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh praised the ICC’s decision as a “victory for justice and humanity” and was described by Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki as a “historic day”.

    A Hamas official in Gaza welcomed the verdict and said it did not fear an investigation.

    A Hamas spokesman said, “Hamas’s resistance and the Palestinian people’s resistance are legitimate and in line with international humanitarian law.”

    International lawyer and former legal adviser of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Diana Battu said Palestinians still face many obstacles.

    “The path to real justice is a long one, because the ICC will undoubtedly not face political pressure,” said Battu.


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