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Rights group calls for ICC action over Gaza siege
Published Wednesday 05/12/2012 (updated) 07/12/2012 10:41
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A rights group has called
for Eitan Dangot to be tried
at the ICC over the Gaza siege.
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Human rights group Al Dameer on Wednesday called on the Palestinian Authority to seek an investigation into Israel's siege of Gaza at the International Criminal Court.

Al Dameer specifically urged an investigation into Eitan Dangot, Israel's coordinator in the Palestinian territory, whom it held responsible for imposing the siege on Gaza.

Dangot was appointed Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories in 2009.

Israel's siege, imposed since 2006, is a form of systematic collective punishment on a civilian population, illegal under international law, Al Dameer said in a statement.

Hundreds of residents of Gaza have died because Israel delayed or refused them permits to access specialist Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and medical treatment abroad.

The prolonged siege has worsened the construction sector and increased unemployment, as well as creating psychological problems, Al Dameer said.

"Also the systematic attacks and offensive on Gaza had their destructive impacts on all levels," the group added.

After winning a UN status upgrade in November, Palestine can now access the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which prosecutes people for genocide, war crimes and other major human rights violations.

The Palestinians have said they will not rush to sign up to the International Criminal Court, but have warned that seeking action against Israel in the court would remain an option if Israel continued to build illegal settlements.

Prior to the UN vote, some Western nations unsuccessfully pushed for a Palestinian pledge not to pursue Israel in the ICC.
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1 ) Two / Things
05/12/2012 22:14
The Rights group calls will be ignored, because the ICC already knows
that Gaza naval blockade is totally legal, while Two Things continue:
- the militants resist, and
2- the civilians access to food, water, and medicines !!

2 ) lie / LIE
06/12/2012 01:22
Hundreds of residents of Gaza have died???? any proof???

3 ) Amira / Canada
06/12/2012 02:15
Please start this legal action NOW!

4 ) dome one / some where
06/12/2012 08:11
where is East Jerusalem and if they are obligated to accept any one from any where in the world

5 ) Filipe / Portugal
06/12/2012 21:01
First the PLO will need to submit a membership request. The decide if they can afford the budget cuts

6 ) Reality / Check
07/12/2012 15:00
Don't get your hopes high for ICC intervention. The USA blockaded Cuba. UK Blockaded the Falklands. Both of these were legal, so the ICC can't declare the Gaza blockade Illegal. The ICC isn't the UN. You won't have the support of virtuous bastions of freedom like Sudan, Iran, N. Korea etc, to tip the vote in your favour. And don't waste money trying to rebuild that airport. It just ain't gonna happen folks!

7 ) shirley / Australia
08/12/2012 11:21
Thank you #1 for explaining the situation so succinctly.
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