The International Criminal Court launches investigation into Israeli 'war crimes

2015-04-01 04:21:56 | Al Muslim News
The International Criminal Court launches investigation into Israeli 'war crimes


The Palestinian Authority is becomes an official member of the International Criminal Court (ICC)â€, after completion of all the technical and legal preparations, on April 01, 2015. Palestine joins as the court's 123rd member state.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has commenced a preliminary investigation into Israel's crimes and settlement activities in the Palestinian territories. In international legal terms, Palestine is a country under occupation, a senior Palestinian official said.
In 2009, the Palestinian Authority asked the ICC to extend its jurisdiction to the Palestinian territories and investigate crimes committed by Israel during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. This appeal was denied because the Palestinian Authority did not hold the requisite status with the court.
The Palestinian move to join The International Criminal Court and other international treaties has been years in the making.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that The Hague-based court also started investigating "war crimes" committed by Israel during the latest offensive on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reported.
"In international legal terms, Palestine is a country under occupation," Erekat said.
According to Erekat, Palestine can join up to 523 organizations and international treaties and protocols.
"We have the right to practice our rights," he said.
“Some international players, including the United States, had tried to prevent the Palestinians from resorting to the ICC.â€
"To them we say: we are the victims," Erekat said. "Those who fear to be brought to justice should stop committing their crimes," he added.
an Arab draft resolution brought to the UN Security Council in December last year which called for the end of the occupation of the West Bank and a full Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 lines by 2017, rejected, with the U.S. – Israel's longstanding, veto-wielding ally – voting against the proposal. Israel took Palestinian territories after the 1967 war.
International law considers the West Bank and East Jerusalem occupied territories captured by Israel in 1967, deeming all construction of Jewish settlements on the land illegal.
Since its establishment 66 years ago, Israel has continued to misappropriate Palestinian land in the West Bank – on which it continues to build Jewish-only settlements – in breach of international law.
The Palestinian Authority wants an independent state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The roots of the Palestine-Israel conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people after fall of Ottoman Empire.
In 1948, with the expiry of a League of Nations "mandate" awarded to Great Britain, the new State of Israel was declared inside historical Palestine region.
As a result, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes, or were forcibly expelled, while hundreds of Palestinian villages and cities were razed to the ground by invading Jewish forces.
Israel went on to occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.
The Palestinian Authority wants an independent state in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


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