Aqeel: The Criminal Court is the competent authority to investigate the crimes of the occupation .. It is responsible for achieving justice for the Palestinians
The 72nd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which began in 1948, with the forcible displacement of Palestinians and Palestinians from their lands, and the seizure of their properties, by the Zionist gangs, amid the exposure of the Palestinian issue to unprecedented dangers, as a result of the intention of the Israeli occupation authorities to annex large areas of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and all settlements The Israeli government, which is more than 30% of the occupied West Bank, also annexed the Israeli government of the Syrian Golan Heights, which officially occupied Israeli lands. The Israeli government also approved the construction of 2,000 settlement units in illegal settlements in the West Bank during May and June 2020.
The Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights believes that the radical changes in the map of the West Bank, which resulted from the continuation of the Israeli settlement policy and the expropriation of Palestinian lands and lands, practically complicate the chances for the establishment of the Palestinian state, and further deteriorate the security situation in the occupied territories. The number of Israeli settlements reached 503, 474 of them in the West Bank and 29 in East Jerusalem, and the number of settlers reached about 600,000 settlers. While the occupation authorities continued to demolish homes and displace Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in East Jerusalem; In July 2019, the occupation authorities expanded their demolitions in the town of Sur Baher in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext that the houses pose a “security threat” because of their proximity to the settlement wall, which is itself illegal under international law.
In memory of the Nakba, Maat Foundation calls on the international community to put an end to this occupation, and to take effective measures to support justice and accountability for the widespread and systematic violations of human rights committed against the Palestinian people, which have extended for more than 70 years. The Foundation also calls on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into the situation in Palestine. The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court urges the immediate recognition of the occupied Palestinian territories, which include the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip under the court's jurisdiction, so that the Prosecutor can initiate the long-awaited investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity suspected of having committed against the Palestinian people, including In this, in the context of the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip. Which witnessed the bloodshed and suffering of the Palestinian people, as a result of Israel's regular resort to lethal force and excessive force to suppress the Great March of Return. Since March 30, 2018, the Israeli occupation forces have killed 217 Palestinians in the context of the demonstrations, including 48 children, 9 persons with special capabilities, 4 paramedics and journalists, which reflects Israel's widespread and systematic disregard for Palestinian life, health, and physical safety, and its adoption of a policy of shooting to kill. Or for intentional distortion.
For his part, Ayman Aqil, head of the Maat Foundation, said that the occupation authorities are still denying all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially the right of return of refugees stipulated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 issued on December 11, 1948, in addition to the occupation state’s continued application of a number of military orders Among them is Military Order No. (1650) which permits the occupation authorities to carry out forcible deportations against civilians protected under the Fourth Geneva Convention, in flagrant violation of the rules of international humanitarian law.
Aqeel called for the International Criminal Court to open an international investigation into all violations committed by the occupation authorities against the Palestinian people, and Aqeel added that the Criminal Court is the competent authority to investigate crimes of population transfer, widespread destruction of property, apartheid, and the continued denial of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and refugees. It has a responsibility to bring justice to the Palestinian victims.