Netherlands: Palestine appeals to ICC against Israel 'systematic crimes'

the brutal and calculated targeting of unarmed protesters particularly in the Gaza Strip.» Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki detailed his country's referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against «crimes committed with impunity by Israeli officials and citizens,» in a press conference at The Hague on Tuesday. «Today the 22nd of May 2018, the State of Palestine took an... Еще important and historic step towards justice for the Palestinian people who continue to suffer from ongoing widespread and systematic crimes,» al-Maliki said in his statement. He added: «The State of Palestine took this step on behalf of the citizens of the State of Palestine who have suffered for generations the consequences of crimes committed with impunity by Israeli officials and citizens.» Al-Maliki also explained the scope and timeframe of the referral, saying: «Palestine took this step due to the intensification of the rate and severity of the crimes committed against our people.» «This referral is Palestine's test to the international mechanism of accountability and respect for international law,» he concluded. The referral comes a week after over 60 Palestinians were killed and a further 2,700 injured by Israeli forces during Nakba Day protest, also coinciding with the moving of the US embassy to its new location in Jerusalem, which sparked international outcry.

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