News ID: 316040
Published: 0213 GMT September 05, 2021

Palestine urges ICC to expedite probe into Israeli war crimes

Palestine urges ICC to expedite probe into Israeli war crimes
Israeli police wearing masks aim their weapons during a Palestinian protest against Israeli settlements, near the town of Beita in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to expedite an investigation into the crimes and violations of the Tel Aviv regime and extremist settlers, and bring perpetrators to justice.

The ministry, in a statement on Saturday, condemned the brutal repression of anti-settlement marches in various areas across the West Bank, particularly in the town of Beita, and sit-ins against the establishment of an illegal settlement outpost on the Palestinian lands in Jabal Sabih, according to Press TV.

It also denounced the Israeli militarys attacks that targeted ambulances and Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank towns of Beita and Kafr Qaddoum, as well as in the Gaza Strip.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that the Israeli regime is pressing ahead with its aggression against the Palestinian nation, especially as it continues to raze buildings and aggressively distributes house demolition notices.

The statement also condemned the Israeli-run Al-Quds municipality's forcing of Palestinian resident Ayman Abu Hadwan to self-demolish his home in the Wadi al-Rababa district of Silwan neighborhood.

The ministry said it views with great seriousness the recent visit by Israeli military chief Benny Gantz and his army staff to the Jabal Sabih area, and considers it a provocative move against Palestinian lands south of Nablus.

It called on the international community, the UN Security Council in particular, to exert maximum pressure on Israel to remove the illegal settlement outpost in Jabal Sabih, and to return the area that it has seized by force to its rightful owners.

The ministry underlined that sanctions on Israel will deter the occupying regime from further expropriation of Palestinian lands.

Back in March, former ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in a statement the launch of a war crimes investigation in the Palestinian territories, which have been under Israeli occupation since 1967.

She said her probe would be conducted independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor”.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed the announcement.


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