PA to file lawsuit to UN and ICC over toddler burning

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The Palestinian Authority, following the arson attack which burned alive an 18-month-old infant and left family in critical conditions, said the that it was planning to file lawsuit against Israel in the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The PA leadership decided to seek a Security Council resolution condemning settler violence against Palestinians and Israel’s policy of building in the settlements.

At the end of urgent meeting chaired by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leadership announced that it would bring the arson case to the attention of the ICC.

“This dangerous escalation of Israeli terrorism proves the correctness of the Palestinian decision to join the ICC,” the Palestinian leadership said in a statement. “We call upon the international community to assume its responsibilities in the face of this state-organized terrorism and the terrorism of the settlers and to stop dealing with Israel as a state above the law,” the Jpost cites.

Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership won’t remain silent toward these crimes. “This is a war crime; it’s a crime against humanity,” he said.

Abbas added that the Israeli government is “encouraging” settlers “in what they are doing every day.”  “The arson is a result of Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank. The Israeli government is directly responsible for what’s happening.”

On the other hand, the Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, alongside several other groups called for avenging the killing of the baby – who was burned alive when his home was set on fire on Friday morning – by launching armed attacks against Israelis.

Within two days after the arson attack, two Palestinian teenagers were killed in outrage.

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot Mohammad al-Masri, 16,  in northern Gaza near the border fence with Israel.

Following that,  Laith Fadil al-Khalidi, 15, on Saturday was shot dead during demonstration on Atara checkpoint near Ramallah, and died overnight at the Palestine Medical Complex in the West Bank city of Ramallah.