Palestine urges ICC to investigate Israel violations

By Qais Abu Samra

RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Palestine on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open an investigation into “crimes” committed by Israel against the Palestinians and their land.

Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization said he sent a letter to ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda about Israeli government’s recent approval to build 31 housing units in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The Jewish settlement in Al-Khalil (Hebron) would be the first in the middle of the old city since 1979, said Erekat, calling Bensouda to take necessary steps to probe and punish those who were guilty.

He said the move is “creating a very dangerous precedent.”

“The situation of Hebron is intolerable, creating a clear policy of apartheid. As you know quite well, the crime of apartheid is considered a crime against humanity according to the Rome Statute, and is characterized as inhumane acts,” Erekat said in his letter.

The Israeli government on Sunday approved a plan to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The decision includes 22 million shekels ($6.1 million) in funding to build 31 units in Hebron.

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