Cairo (UNA) - The Council of the League of Arab States urged the International Criminal Court to complete the criminal investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed and still being committed by Israel against the defenseless Palestinian people, including settlement and annexation crimes, aggression against cities, villages and camps, and the killing of civilians and journalists. paramedics, and the forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes.
At the conclusion of its statement issued by the emergency meeting it held at the level of permanent delegates at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, today, Wednesday, under the presidency of Egypt, to discuss and confront the continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and to provide them with international protection, the Council called on the Criminal Court to study all possible options. Through it, it exercises its jurisdiction in the land of the occupied State of Palestine, completes the investigation, provides all the human and material capabilities for this investigation, and gives it the necessary priority..
The Council condemned the widespread Israeli aggression, siege and crimes against the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Ramallah and the rest of the Palestinian cities, villages and camps, including the barbaric Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip, which targeted civilians, children and women in residential neighborhoods while they were sleeping safely in their homes. , which claimed the lives of entire families and dozens of martyrs, wounded and detainees.
He called on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security, and to exert the necessary pressure on Israel, the occupying power, to stop its aggression and siege imposed on the Palestinian people, which violates international law, the United Nations Charter, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and to hold Israel, the existing power, Occupation, the results of all aggression.
The Council also called on the international community to implement resolutions related to the protection of Palestinian civilians, particularly Security Council Resolutions No. 904 (1994) and No. 605 (1987), and United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 20/10 on the protection of Palestinian civilians.ES/RES/A (2018)..
The Council urged states and international community institutions to participate in the protection of Palestinian civilians, and to form a practical and effective mechanism to implement what was stated in the General Assembly resolution.
He called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to implement practical and effective options to protect Palestinian civilians, and the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to shoulder their responsibilities and ensure respect and enforcement of the Convention in the occupied territory of the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem, by stopping Israeli crimes and violations of international humanitarian law and international law. international human rights.
The Council called on the international community to put pressure on Israel, the occupying power, to allow the ongoing fact-finding committee established by the Human Rights Council on 21/5/2021 to enter the territory of the occupied State of Palestine to exercise its mandate in fact-finding about Israeli crimes and violations committed in the Palestinian territory. Occupied Palestine, calling on the committee to follow up on all Israeli violations and crimes within its mandate, and to submit its reports and recommendations in this regard.
He expressed his full solidarity with the Palestinian people, and supported their steadfastness in the face of the continuous and escalating Israeli aggression against them, and their legitimate right to self-defense, offering condolences to the families of the martyrs and victims of the aggression.
The Secretary-General called on the missions of the League of Arab States and councils of Arab ambassadors around the world to take diplomatic action in capitals and regional and international organizations, in order to convey the goals and contents of this statement, appreciating the continuous Egyptian and Arab efforts to stop the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.
The delegation of the State of Palestine at the meeting was headed by: Palestinian delegate to the League of Arab States, Ambassador Muhannad Al-Aklouk, Senior Counselor Tamer Al-Tayeb, and Senior Counselor Rizk Al-Za’anin, all of whom are from the Palestinian delegation..
The urgent meeting was held at the request of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Palestine, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and will discuss the request to provide international protection for the Palestinian people against this continuous and escalating Israeli aggression, the latest of which was the commission of a heinous massacre in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, in which dozens of Palestinian citizens were killed and wounded. And the aggression continues to this day against the Gaza Strip.
For his part, Ambassador Al-Aklouk called on the international community to take a practical position, as it stood in other places, and to apply explicit, clear and boycott sanctions against the Israeli occupation, and not be satisfied with statements of denunciation and condemnation and the formation of investigation committees whose recommendations are not responded to, indicating that the occupation prevents every mission and every team human rights from entering the occupied Palestinian territory to perform its duties, investigate the crimes of the occupation, and protect the Palestinian people.
He said that the occupation is still practicing its aggression against our defenseless people until this moment, especially in the Gaza Strip and the heinous massacre it carried out yesterday, which claimed the lives of a number of martyrs, defenseless women and children in flagrant defiance of laws and customs, indicating that there are decisions issued by the councils of the Arab League. At the level of the summit and at the level of foreign ministers, to urge the International Criminal Court to initiate and complete the criminal investigation that it had launched in 2021, as the State of Palestine joined the Criminal Court in 2015 and waited 5 years until the Public Prosecutor decided that there are foundations, events, and Israeli war crimes against humanity against humanity. The Palestinian people, and when the Public Prosecutor decided, we waited a full year for the Pre-Trial Chamber to consider that it has jurisdiction, and after the investigation was opened, we are still waiting for more than two years to launch this criminal investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity that occur in Palestine, adding that procrastination and failure to accomplish any An investigation is what justifies and makes Israel and its leaders escape punishment, hence Al-Aklouk called on the Public Prosecutor to initiate the criminal investigation that the court immediately launched with these Israeli crimes..
Ambassador Al-Aklouk stressed that all countries are required to ensure the implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which protects civilians under occupation and during wars and aggression, calling for the necessity of states' commitment to securing international protection for the Palestinian people, and the necessity of sending peacekeeping missions and international monitoring of the Palestinian territories..
He called on all brotherly countries and the world to submit pleadings to the International Court of Justice in The Hague about the nature and legality of the illegal Israeli colonial occupation that does not operate in accordance with its obligations or the requirements of international law before 25-7-2023..
In turn, Egypt's permanent representative to the League of Arab States called on the international community to provide international protection for the Palestinian people, and to compel Israel to stop human crimes against the Palestinians..
Orfi said that the responsibility rests with the entire international community to provide the necessary international protection for the Palestinians, and to compel Israel to desist from these human crimes, stressing that causing, in any way, intentionally or unintentionally, the loss of civilian lives, especially children. Among them, it represents a clear violation of humanitarian norms and the rules of international law and international humanitarian law.
He added that what is happening in Palestine is a great matter, stressing that these painful events leave no room for doubt about the validity of what was confirmed by the Arab countries, and supported by the international community, that there is no peace in the region without finding a just and sustainable solution to the Palestinian issue, given that the two-state solution is the option. We are resuming today our meeting, which has been held continuously since April 5, since the events of Al-Aqsa, to discuss dealing with the grave violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces during the past forty-eight hours - and still are - against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian territories. occupied, which undoubtedly threatens peace and stability in the region.
He stressed that the killing and destruction that is happening requires the world to pay attention to this critical situation, and to intervene to end the inhumane and unacceptable escalation within the occupied Palestinian territories, to end the suffering of the Palestinian people as a result of these violations.