Following UN Gaza probe, Palestinian Authority to present documents to ICC on Thursday

Palestinian Authority plans to seize the momentum from the UN’s recent report on the Gaza war and file documents concerning Israel’s ‘violations’ in three areas.


By | Jun. 24, 2015

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki at the ICC, August 5, 2014.

Following the publication of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s investigation into the last round of fighting in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority plans on filing documents with the International Criminal Court on Thursday concerning what they term Israel’s violations in three areas.

According to a senior Palestinian official, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Amliki will present the documents concerning the results of the fighting in Gaza along with data on the damage caused by the war, and the damage to the civilian population. He will additionially provide information on settlement construction over the past year, as well as the issue of the Palestinian prisoners held in Israel, with an emphasis on administrative detention.

Since the signing of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and Palestine’s joining the ICC in April, the Palestinian National Council has prepared materials on a number of matters with the goal of presenting them to the ICC, said the senior Palestinian official.

Last month, Fatah central committee member Mohammed Ashtayya told Haaretz that the Palestinian reports were comprehensive and detailed accounts of Israel’s contravention of international law and were intended to provide the court with a sufficient basis on which to decide whether to launch investigations.

The reports were compiled by a special committee established at the beginning of the year to collate all the material destined for the court. The committee was assisted by international jurists and advisers.

The Palestinian position has received renewed support as a result of the release of the Gaza report this week; and PA officials have said they are being aided by lawyers who specialize in international law, in order to prepare the documents for the ICC in expectation that this will speed up the court’s decision to open an investigation against Israel.

A delegation from the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court at The Hague is due to arrive in Israel on June 27 as part of the prosecution’s preliminary examination into whether war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in the occupied Palestinian territories, according to senior Palestinian sources.

Een gedachte over “Following UN Gaza probe, Palestinian Authority to present documents to ICC on Thursday


    Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says the Palestinian Authority is planning to file two war crimes complaints against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    Al-Maliki said Tuesday that the two files, which are over Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and its latest devastating attack on the besieged Gaza Strip, will be submitted to the Hague-based court on June 25.

    According to Press TV, the Minister said all preparations for submitting the two lawsuits have been made by Palestinian and international experts.

    Israel started its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. The onslaught, which lasted for 50 days, claimed the lives of over 2,130 Palestinians and injured some 11,000 others.

    In addition to its repeated aggression against the besieged coastal enclave, Israel continues to press ahead with its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories despite a global outcry.

    The United Nations and most countries regard Israeli settlements as illegal since the territories were captured by the regime in a 1967 war and are thus subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

    More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967.

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