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“In response to a Human Rights Watch report”.. ICSPR: Initiating preliminary investigations at the Public Prosecution Office of the Criminal Court, is a guarantee of achieving final international justice

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“In response to a Human Rights Watch report”

ICSPR: Initiating preliminary investigations at the Public Prosecution Office of the Criminal Court, is a guarantee of achieving final international justice

The International Commission to Support Palestinians’ Rights (ICSPR) follows with interest the report issued by Human Rights Watch regarding the rocket attacks carried out by the Palestinian resistance during the Israeli military operation of May 2021 on the Gaza Strip, which lasted for 11 days and left 255 martyrs, including 39 woman, and 67 children.

The report showed that rocket and mortar attacks launched by Palestinian armed factions during the fighting in May 2021, which killed and injured civilians in Israel and Gaza, violate the laws of war and amount to war crimes, and that the Palestinian and Israeli authorities have a long record of failing to investigate alleged war crimes.

ICSPR confirms that the Palestinian people’s exercise of their right to resistance, including armed resistance, is a right recognized by international conventions, and reminds all that the Palestinian people, their leadership and resistance have repeatedly declared their readiness to cooperate with investigation committees and with the Office of The Public Prosecution of the Criminal Court, and reaffirms its confidence in Human Rights Watch, which has a long history of defending human rights. Therefore:

– ICSPR considers that it is the right and duty of Human Rights Watch to shed light on violations of international law regardless of whoever committed them. Nevertheless, ICSPR has reservations about some of the findings included in the Human Rights Watch report, especially in light of the availability of many evidence for the willingness and ability of the Palestinian resistance to abide by the principles and rules of international law and action, including giving a public warning to the population prior to carrying out any rocket attack, as well as employing limited military capabilities to target Israeli military gatherings, and not being drawn into committing acts of revenge as the the Israeli occupation did, in clear adherence to the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

– ICSPR believes that any attempt to equate the Israeli military behavior with the behavior of the Palestinian resistance during the last war operation, somehow, involves equality between the victim and the executioner, and goes beyond the fact that the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people is the continuation of the Israeli occupation.

– ICSPR stresses that the Israeli criminal record and the clear Israeli unwillingness to cooperate with international committees and investigations, which is met with a permanent Palestinian welcome for any international effort to investigate the crimes committed, indicate the party that denies international justice.

– ICSPR calls on the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to conduct criminal investigations as a necessary step and condition for achieving international justice.

– ICSPR calls on the Palestinian leadership and the leadership of the Palestinian resistance factions to conduct national discussions with the aim of adopting a position based on their commitment to all their international legal obligations under the principles and rules of international humanitarian law, especially in the wake of Palestine’s accession to the four Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols, including opening internal and national investigations to ensure overcoming any accidental damages and to enhance the capacity of the Palestinian resistance and its involvement in its national role and its moral and human superiority.

 

 

 

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ICSPR : killing of children and women and bombing of houses over the heads of their inhabitants; A well-established military doctrine of the Israeli occupation that reflects its intention to commit war crimes.

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Number: 90/2021

Date: 07 August 2022

 

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ICSPR : killing of children and women and bombing of houses over the heads of their inhabitants; A well-established military doctrine of the Israeli occupation that reflects its intention to commit war crimes.

The Israeli military forces continue their aggression and military operations in the Gaza Strip for the third day in a row, in which they deliberately and systematically target civilians and their civilian properties, especially residential homes located in densely populated neighborhoods, with the aim of killing children and women, displacing families and causing massive material damage in the surroundings. housing for these establishments.

Until 08:30 this morning, Sunday, 07 August 2022, the Israeli military attacks, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health statistics, caused the death of (29) civilians, including (06) children and (04) women; And 253 civilians were wounded, in addition to a large-scale destruction of a number of civilian facilities and houses that were targeted above the heads of their residents.

The escalation of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip came amid the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis as a result of the strict siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by closing all border crossings, preventing the entry of fuel to the power station and the rest of humanitarian and medical supplies, in light of the fear of an imminent halt to the work of the health sector; Which portends a repetition of the same inhumane scenes that were punctuated by the previous Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupier by all available means, as a right recognized in international law; Emphasizing that the Israeli military doctrine has diverted civilians and their property to legitimate goals, and renewed holding the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for the consequences of their ongoing aggression against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, in addition to the aggravation and deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip; Therefore:

 

1-ICSPR deplores the continuation of double standards and the conspiracy of international and regional silence on the heinous crimes committed by the military occupation authorities.

 

2-ICSPR calls on the contracting states to the Fourth Geneva Convention to declare a clear and explicit stance towards Israel’s refusal to not comply and implement the agreement in the Palestinian territories and work hard to provide protection for civilians.

 

3-ICSPR calls on the Palestinian leadership to get out of the box of silence and alignment with its people by stopping security coordination with the occupier, withdrawing recognition of the occupying state, and enabling citizens of their rights to confront Israeli crimes.

 

4-ICSPR urges the international solidarity movement with the Palestinian people, and all Arab, regional and international organizations to move on all legal, political, diplomatic, human rights and popular levels, to ensure the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

 

 5-ICSPR calls on the Office of the Public Prosecution at the International Criminal Court to include the crimes committed in the Gaza Strip in the course and file of the Israeli crimes being investigated, including moving forward and at a faster pace to start the preliminary investigations.

 

6-ICSPR calls for diplomatic and popular action to pressure governments around the world to carry out their moral and legal duties to stop targeting civilians, especially women and children, and targeting civilian facilities.

 

 

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Following the announcement of the suspension of the only power plant in the Gaza Strip

ICSPR : The Israeli aggression and siege exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) follows with great disapproval and concern the continuation of the aggression launched by the Israeli military occupation forces since the afternoon hours of yesterday, Friday, August 05, 2022; Until this statement is issued; According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, he left (11) citizens dead; Among them, a girl and a woman; Extensive damage was caused to a number of civil facilities, citizens’ homes, and agricultural lands.

The Israeli aggression was preceded by nearly four days, an Israeli closure of all crossings, including the Karem Abu Salem crossing, which is the only crossing through which goods and commodities flow to the residents of the Gaza Strip, As a result, the process of pumping industrial diesel to the power plant, whose imminent cessation of work was announced, stopped completely at 12:00 noon today, Saturday, August 06, 2022; This will lead to the adoption of the electricity distribution schedule that is available by 04 hours, compared to 12 hours separated from the homes of citizens.

The fact that the only power plant in the Gaza Strip has stopped working means an exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis, depriving citizens of electricity-related services, and in particular weakening their ability to access potable water; It also affects the work of all vital sectors, including hospitals and sanitation.

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) renews holding the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for the consequences of its ongoing aggression against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and warns against the consequences of the aggravation and deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip; Emphasizing that the Israeli siege measures are a form of collective punishment criminalized under international law; It considers that preventing the entry of fuel intended for the operation of the power plant is a clear violation of the rules of international humanitarian law that prohibits the occupying power from punishing civilians. It reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupier by all available means, as a right recognized in international law. Therefore:

1-ICSPR calls on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to stop its continuous aggression; Ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip by allowing goods and merchandise to flow in a stable manner and allowing the arrival of fuel designated for the power plant to ensure its restart, especially under the current exceptional circumstances.

2-ICSPR calls on the High Contracting Parties to the four Geneva Conventions, for the Secretary’s compliance with their moral and legal duties, to take urgent action to provide international protection for Palestinian civilians.

3-ICSPR urges the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to include the crimes committed in the Gaza Strip in the course and file of the Israeli crimes being investigated, including moving forward and at a faster pace to start the preliminary investigations.

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ICSPR : The international community and the free world have a duty to act immediately to curb and deter the Israeli military occupation forces.

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Date: 6 Aug 2022

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ICSPR : The international community and the free world have a duty to act immediately to curb and deter the Israeli military occupation forces.

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) denounces and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Israeli military occupation forces, at 16:15 p.m., today, Friday, August 05, 2022, on a number of air and artillery raids that targeted a number of city facilities in Gaza strip; As a result, according to the statistics of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, until 11:00 pm, (11) civilians were killed, including a girl (05 years), and 87 civilians were wounded. As well as causing extensive damage to more than one city facility.

The International Commission to Support Palestinian Rights (ICSPR) believes that the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip is a violation of international law, and the consequences of the Israeli occupation authorities bear the consequences, And it warns that the current war attacks are a prelude to a broader aggression that Palestinian civilians will pay the price for, considering that the appropriate response to the current Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip is to work on building a Palestinian strategy based on the internationalization of the conflict and the restoration of national unity, And considers that the Israeli occupation forces’ continued perpetration of their crimes against the citizens of the Gaza Strip and their civilian property, would not have been possible without the continuation of the policy of international silence and double standards, and the continuation of the leaders of the occupying power enjoying immunity in the face of international accountability and justice, And stressing that the Israeli occupation forces’ continued targeting of Palestinian civilians in general, and the residents of the Gaza Strip in particular, is a described and full-fledged war crime in accordance with the standards of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute establishing the Permanent International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Therefore:

1-ICSPR calls on the international community to promptly and urgently intervene to compel the Israeli occupation to stop its ongoing hostilities in the Gaza Strip, and work to prevent an increase in the scope of Israeli violence and aggression.

2-ICSPR urges the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention to carry out their moral and legal duties by taking urgent action to stop the Israeli aggression, and to provide international protection for the civilian population, especially children and women.

3-ICSPR calls on the Palestinian leadership and the national community to unite to thwart the goals of the aggression and work to adopt a strategy based on internationalizing the conflict and maximizing the popular, diplomatic, legal and media engagement with the occupation, adopting the boycott and divestment movement from Israel, and calling on the countries of the world to impose sanctions on Israel and hold the leaders accountable The Israeli occupation as war criminals using international jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court.

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