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Amnesty International's report will be used against Israel "before the International Criminal Court, the UN International Court of Justice, and any other international court"

Headline: “Amnesty [International’s] report gives the International Criminal Court the authority to check the crime of apartheid”





“In an interview with [the official PA news agency] WAFA, [PA] Minister of Justice Muhammad Shalaldeh said that the report that was published [on Feb. 1, 2022] by the Amnesty International organization has legal value on everything connected to international law, because it provides the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the authority to check the crime of apartheid as a crime against humanity that is systematically being committed against the Palestinian people (sic., see note below regarding apartheid claims)…


He added that the State of Palestine welcomes the report, greatly appreciates its legal significance, and emphasizes that it will serve in imposing legal responsibility on the occupying government. He also called on the Arab legislative bodies to make decisions on defining Israel as an apartheid state…


Regarding the report’s significance, he said: ‘It is connected to it constituting proof of the severe Israeli violations in the occupied land, and it can be taken advantage of and used before the ICC, the [UN] International Court of Justice, and any other international court.


It can be taken advantage of and used as a report that will be submitted to bodies [established by force of] the UN conventions regarding human rights, including the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social [and Cultural] Rights, and also the Committee Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment [or Punishment], which the Palestinians are suffering from.’


The minister of justice noted: ‘Based on the report’s content, we can demand that the UN send an international investigative committee that will investigate the racial discrimination and define the crime of apartheid as a crime against humanity in accordance with the ICC regulations. This is in order to ensure that Israel will demand an accounting from those who have committed severe violations and hold them responsible. We also will be able to submit individual complaints against the policy that Israel is implementing and the violations that it is committing against Palestinian civilians as a state of apartheid and discrimination, as is happening in [the Jerusalem neighborhoods of] Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. [We will be able] to submit complaints to bodies [established by force of] the UN convention on human rights, and to present it as proof of this.’”






Red Cross rebuts Palestinian claims that Israel commits “executions” and is an “apartheid state” – Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, rejected claims that Israel carries out “extrajudicial killings” or is an "apartheid state" in an interview with the Israeli news site Ynet on April 26, 2017. De Maio said: “We came to the unequivocal conclusion that there are no shoot to kill orders of suspects by IDF (i.e., the Israeli army), as some political elements tried to convince us. Rules of engagement have not changed, and became even stricter.” Regarding claims of apartheid, De Maio said: “No, there is no apartheid here, no regime of superiority of race, of denial of basic human rights to a group of people because of their alleged racial inferiority.”

The statements by the head of the ICRC delegation to Israel and the PA disprove the PA's repeated claim that Israel is committing "summary executions of Palestinians in cold blood" - a claim that PMW has documented numerous times: