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 Jack Khoury | Jun. 24, 2015
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.