The Palestinian foreign minister on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court to open an immediate investigation into Israeli war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
Riyad al-Maliki met for an hour with the ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the tribunal in The Hague, “to refer the situation in Palestine to her office.
It was an “important and historic step towards justice for the Palestinian people who continue to suffer ongoing, widespread and systematic crimes,” he told reporters afterwards.
“This step pursues justice by demanding accountability,” said Maliki, adding those “responsible for the crimes, highlighted in the referral, must be held accountable for their actions without further delay.”
Maliki said the Palestinian move came “due to the intensity and the rate and the severity of the Israeli crimes against our people” including the targeting of “unarmed protestors in the Gaza Strip.”