NGOs call on Intl. Criminal Court to prosecute alleged pillage & destruction of Palestinian natural resources

Author: Al-Haq, Published on: 31 October 2018

"Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit File to ICC Prosecutor: Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources", 26 Oct 2018

...[O]n 26 October 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli officials, and individuals associated with corporations that are extracting and destroying Palestinian natural resources.  The organisations provide a reasonable basis to believe that Israelis and private actors have committed the war crimes of extensive destruction and appropriation of property, pillage, and destruction and seizure of property.  The confidential communication provides factual information and legal analysis on the exploitation and destruction of Palestinian water, agricultural land, minerals, mud, stone, and oil...

...Such private actors include business enterprises in agricultural and industrial settlements, as well as Israeli and multinational corporations...[T]he appropriation, destruction, seizure, and pillaging of Palestinian natural resources have serious social, economic, and environmental impact on the affected Palestinian communities, and notably infringe on Palestinians’ fundamental right to self-determination.  Mr. Raji Sourani, PCHR Director, said that “...the ICC Prosecutor must urgently open an investigation into the situation in Palestine.”  This is the sixth Article 15 communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)...

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