Tayseer Khaled : Bensouda is required not to hesitate by opening investigation to Israeli war crimes


Tayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said that the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision regarding the court’s legal jurisdiction over the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip is an important step that provided the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda the required basis for making a bold decision to pursue justice on Crimes that have not been held accountable for 54 years

This came in a blog post on social media to comment on indications that raise concern about a joint move between the Israeli government and the administration of the new elected US President (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to contain the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court regarding its legal jurisdiction over the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

He added : After all UN bodies and institutions failed to implement their decisions that condemned the practices and policies of the occupation and called on the occupying power to stop them, this decision opens the door to suspicions of grave crimes committed by Israel and the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can investigate them, starting with the 2014 war crimes Against Gaza, the murders and injuries of thousands of defenseless protesters during the Great March of Return in 2018 and 2019, the activities of Israeli settlements and the crimes of Jewish terrorist settler organizations, in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and cold-blooded murders at checkpoints and crossroads, relying on the Rome Statute of the Criminal Court International.

He concluded his blog, explaining that “upon the issuance of the decision, Israel rushed to communicate and coordinate with the new American administration to agree on how to face the repercussions of the decision

Khaled added: In any case, the matter is in the hands of Fatou Bensouda to move in the direction to open a judicial investigation for these and other crimes, or before leaving her position this summer refer the matter to her successor, what the Israeli occupation is exactly working to reach with the United States of America.

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