May 10, 2022 06:45 UTC
  • Minister: Israel’s forcible displacement of Palestinians crime against humanity

A senior Palestinian official says forcible displacement of citizens by the Israeli regime and the approval of the demolition of at least a dozen villages in the occupied West Bank amount to crimes against humanity.

Minister of Justice Muhammad Shalaldeh during a press briefing on Monday called on the chief prosecutor of The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, to open an immediate investigation into all these violations.

“The international community should act, particularly at the level of the international criminal justice represented by the International Criminal Court, to hold accountable and prosecute those who commit these crimes that amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, and to file law cases against them, starting with the Israeli prime minister all the way to any settler or soldier,” said the Ramallah-based PA minister.

“Our people have the right, based on the principles and rules of international law, to resist in matters related to the principle of the right to self-determination to end the occupation,” he added.

Shalaldeh said as part of his Ministry’s duty to help the citizens to file legal cases against the Tel Aviv regime and extremist settlers in order to hold Israel legally accountable for its violent actions.

Israeli forces, in Masafer Yatta, south of al-Khalil, forcibly took away several citizens and the approval of the demolition of 12 villages there.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the minister strongly denounced a recent ruling by the so-called Israeli High Court upholding a decision to remove at least a dozen Palestinian villages in Masafer Yatta in order to build and expand settlements.