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Rights groups welcome ICC decision to probe Israeli war crimes

Ashraf Shannon
Press TV, Gaza

Palestinian human rights organizations, including al-Haq, al-Mezan, al-Dameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, have welcomed the International Criminal Court (ICC) decision on the opening of a full criminal investigation into the Situation in Palestine.

On Wednesday, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, announced the decision to launch a formal inquiry into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

For decades, Tel-Aviv has demonstrated zero accountability to crimes perpetrated by its soldiers. Israeli forces have killed and maimed thousands of innocent Palestinians and waged three wars on the Gaza Strip since 2008.

Last month, the International Criminal Court affirmed that the court has full territorial jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli crimes against Palestinians have been systematic and taking place on a daily basis.

Victims of Israeli crimes have also welcomed the ICC decision.

The chief prosecutor will also investigate the Israeli military’s use of deadly force against Palestinian protesters during Great March of Return peaceful rallies in Gaza.

The Israeli regime has consistently failed to make any attempt to hold individuals, at any level, responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Rights groups say the International Criminal Court must take concrete steps in order to end Tel-Aviv’s impunity and bring Israeli leaders to justice.

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