PA Submits Complaint to ICC Over Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Children

Published January 20th, 2018 - 12:07 GMT
Sixteen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi stands for a hearing in the Israeli military court on January 15, 2018 (Thomas Coex/AFP)
Sixteen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi stands for a hearing in the Israeli military court on January 15, 2018 (Thomas Coex/AFP)

The Palestinian Authority has submitted a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israeli violations against Palestinian children. 

The move came as Israeli authorities extended the detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi for the fifth time on charges of attacking Israeli soldiers. 

In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki called on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to “exercise her legal authority without delay to prevent the continuation of crimes being committed against the Palestinian people.” 

He cited the case of al-Tamimi, who was first detained by Israeli forces on Dec. 19 as “another proof of Israeli policies and crimes” against the Palestinians. 

“This complaint against Israeli criminals is a proof on the necessity to accelerate the opening of a criminal investigation to guarantee fair justice to Palestinian children and victims,” he said. 

Last week, the Palestinian Central Council announced the referral of the issues of Israeli settlement building and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to the ICC.

According to Palestinian figures, over 6,400 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, including 300 children.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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