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Palestine welcomed the announcement by the International Criminal Attorney General of her decision to open an investigation into war crimes in Palestine, considering that “the long-awaited step to achieve justice and accountability as indispensable foundations for peace.”
A statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry stated: “The State of Palestine reminds the Attorney General and the states parties that the crimes committed by the leaders of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people are continuous, systematic and widespread crimes, and this makes the rapid completion of the investigation an urgent and necessary necessity in line with the mandate of the International Criminal Court in the fight against impunity. To punish and deter the perpetrators of these crimes. “
The statement added: “The State of Palestine believes that the Public Prosecutor’s decision to open a criminal investigation and the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber demonstrates its respect for its mandate and independence, and its commitment to the values and principles of criminal justice as stipulated in the Rome Statute, and this is considered courage in the face of unprecedented threats and miserable attempts to politicize its work. “.
Palestine called on the states parties to “respect their responsibilities and not to politicize the course of this independent investigation,” stressing that all states parties must respect their obligations to protect the court from any interference and to ensure that all members of the court, including the judges, the prosecutor, and their families, are protected from any threat or attempt to coercion. From whichever side it was. “
The Palestinian government stressed “continuing its full cooperation and willingness to provide any assistance required in implementation of its obligations as a state party to the Rome Statute in order to serve the achievement of justice for the Palestinian people in accordance with the legal controls stipulated in the charter.”
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed today, Wednesday, that her office has opened a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.