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Palestine FM meets ICC reps in Hague
Published Tuesday 05/08/2014 (updated) 06/08/2014 22:09
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A Palestinian man inspects a damaged apartment block in the
northern Gaza Strip on Aug. 5, 2014 (AFP Marco Longari)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs met with officials of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to discuss the Israeli offensive on Gaza on Tuesday, a statement said.

During his visit, Riyad al-Maliki inquired about the legal procedures necessary for Palestine to join the ICC and sign the Rome Statute in order to take action against possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza, the statement said.

Al-Maliki said he would consult members of the Palestinian Authority government on the matter after his visit.

A 2009 attempt by to join the ICC in 2009 failed because of Palestine's lack of statehood.

But Al-Maliki said Tuesday that Palestine should now quality for ICC membership due to its status as a UN nonmember observer state, AP reported.

Israel is not a member of the ICC and does not recognize its authority, but the UN Security Council could call for an ICC investigation into potential Israeli war crimes.

International human rights organizations have over the course of the 28-day offensive condemned various Israeli actions in Gaza as violations of the laws of war.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch released a report on an investigation that found that Israeli forces had targeted medical workers and fleeing civilians in Khuzaa.

An earlier HRW report that investigated Israeli airstrikes that killed civilians said that in many cases, no military target could be identified in the vicinity of the strike. The rights group was "gravely concerned" that Israel was intentional hitting civilian targets.

Israel's offensive on Gaza has left some 1,875 Palestinians dead, over 80 percent of them civilians, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
05/08/2014 17:32
It's about time, but maybe they can't go to Den Haag for it, "Israel" is a friend of US, and you can't prosecute the friends of US there. That's why Bush and Blair where prosecuted in Malaysia. Malaysia sounds better?

2 ) guy / usa
05/08/2014 19:05
I think they should try. however, don't be scared when Israel does the same

3 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
05/08/2014 20:17
@2 That would be nice, than they can stay for their trail. Hamas is a saint compared to the IDF terrorists.

4 ) ABE / USA
05/08/2014 20:23
As long as Hamas is also brought up on charges. After the captured Hamas handbook was published. Read it and weep Hamas lovers.

5 ) Amis Roy chai / UK
05/08/2014 20:53
If Israel is to be investigated for war crimes them so shoukd Hamas. Hamas gave set back the cause of Palestinian statehood by many years. Any trust built up between the PA and Israel had been blown away by this action of Hamas and for nothing. No gains but over two thousand dead and ten thousand injured.

6 ) Arnold / Canada
05/08/2014 21:39
Sara # 1. Looking forward to the ICC hauling Israel up in front of it and then having Israel bring in all the proof it has that Hamas purposely warred with Israel all the while it fired from civilian neigborhoods. Along with proof Hamas beat up civilians trying to run away from their homes prior to the IDF attacking. Two wrongs in this matter will make a right , a right for Israel to defend herself.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
05/08/2014 21:46
When Mashaal and Haniyeh and their henchmen are put on trial for war crimes, I'm tempted to write the ICC and have them add Sarah's name since she supports their criminal activities.

8 ) Joe / USA
05/08/2014 22:43
They (the Palestinians) must try it. It's unlikely this will result in some immediate action, but no matter how it goes, the Palestinian cause can only win from this.

9 ) Robert / US TAXPAYER
06/08/2014 02:50
Do what israel does, assinate the zio pigs, you kill them top down, ill help !!! Im real good , in one ear out the other,drop them like flys...FREEDOM FOR ALL, AND MY 1ST AMENDMENT !!!

10 ) spb / usa
06/08/2014 05:52
3 different journalists came out from gaza & said the following:
1 - hamas did not allow to show militants only deads, injured and destruction
2 - some reported now on militants firing from near hotel, un facilities & desne areas in general
3 - there are France 24, india tv and the 3rd reported documenting firing of rockets 10 yards from hotels with reporters, 50 yards from UN, and dense neighborhood.
So, this will absolve israel from any claims as there r independent reports.

11 ) Rami / Palestine
06/08/2014 09:09
#2 Did you miss the part where the article said that Israel was not a member of the ICC and does not recognize its authority? Why would you go to a court whose authority you do not recognize?

12 ) Mel / Australia
06/08/2014 11:31
Yes please try them. We'll see if the ICC has double standards as per the rest of the world when it comes to Israel. If Israel is not guilty of war crimes than there is no hope for humanity on this earth!
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