'War crimes': Palestine calls on ICC to investigate Israeli 'human rights violations'

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A report today said that the Palestinian submission refers to the forcible transfer of Palestinians, unlawful killings, illegal appropriation of land and property, demolition of Palestinian homes and other properties, repression of dissent through the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters, and the policy of mass arbitrary detention & torture.

But Israel is not a member of the ICC, and the Israeli foreign ministry on Tuesday said it "takes a severe view" of the referral, which it called "a cynical step without legal validity".

Saying that while "Israel maintains, expands, and protects the settlement regime by committing war crimes, crimes against humanity", Palestinians are not seeking revenge but redress and "justice for the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people".

Al-Malki was accompanied by a police escort and ushered into the ICC, where he met ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to hand over a referral over Israeli settlements.

We call on the global community to assume its legal, human and moral responsibilities to put an end to the decades-long Palestinian suffering by guaranteeing the rights of the Palestinian people under worldwide law and global humanitarian law.

Still, Malki insisted that going to the ICC could become a building block for peace.

The display of animous towards the delegation came exactly one week after the Trump administration officially moved the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem-a move seen as a direct assault on the so-called "peace process" and the demand that East Jerusalem ultimately become the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Palestinian minister delivers Israel 'war crimes' referral to ICC
Palestinians urge immediate ICC probe into 'Israeli war crimes'

The Palestinian foreign minister says he has asked the International Criminal Court to open an "immediate investigation" into alleged Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.

Tuesday's referral could speed up a decision on whether to open a full-blown investigation that could ultimately lead to the indictment of high-ranking Israelis. In theory, that means Israelis could be tried by the ICC for alleged crimes committed on occupied territory. Israel has accused Gaza's rulers, Hamas, of exploiting protesting civilians and using them as human shields to carry out attacks. In 2004, the United Nations' highest judicial organ, the International Court of Justice, ruled in an advisory opinion that the settlements breached international law.

Malki said the complaint seeks an investigation into Israeli policies in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem since the state of Palestine joined the ICC in June 2014. Israel captured both territories from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war.

Israel claims east Jerusalem as an inseparable part of its capital - though its annexation is not worldwide recognized.

The latter has also routinely been threatened by the USA and Israel not to make any moves in the ICC.

About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements that are illegal under the worldwide law, which prohibits construction on occupied land.

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