Erekat: ICC to open investigation against Israeli leaders

ALGERIA, (PIC)– Head of the Negotiation Affairs Department of Palestine Liberation organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected in 2016 to open an investigation into Israeli violations against Palestinian people.

In his remarks to the Algerian radio, Erekat affirmed that six files were submitted to the ICC that already started to conduct a preliminary investigation into the tabled documents.

The submitted files mainly deal with Palestinian prisoners’ issue, settlement expansion, Gaza aggression, Israeli extrajudicial executions and Dawabsheh arson attack, he explained.

Following the United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/19 on 29 November 2012, Palestine has become a non-member observer state, Erekat pointed out.

The resolution, he continued, recognized Palestine as an occupied state with its boundaries as they were prior to 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital. It also allows Palestine to apply for membership in 523 international organizations and treaties.

This means that Israeli demolition and ethnic cleaning policy, settlement construction, and daily arrests are war crimes according to the international laws and conventions, according to Erekat’s remarks.

Erekat pointed out that he heads the Supreme National Committee responsible for follow-up with Palestine’s Ascension to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which constitutes of 45 members including Hamas Movement.

“After opening a preliminary investigation into the submitted files, we are now expecting a decision for conducting an investigation against Israeli leaders over 2016.”

On the other hand, Erekat said that the region is witnessing a new Sykes-Picot map.

He stated, in conclusion, that no security would be achieved in the Middle East without the establishment of the Palestinian state.

The Palestinian official Saeb Erekat has arrived Sunday in Algeria for a four-day working visit at the invitation of Algeria.

Erekat has been welcomed upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.

(Source / 12.01.2016)

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