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Palestine files 'war crimes' case over Khan al-Ahmar to ICC

Sept. 11, 2018 4:10 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2018 12:33 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Saeb Erekat announced, on Tuesday, that the Palestinian leadership has submitted a case for "Israeli war crimes" in the Khan al-Ahmar to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Erekat said during a press conference regarding the United States' decision to close the PLO's office in Washington, at the headquarters of the PLO in Ramallah City in the central West Bank, that the submitted petition to the public prosecutor calls upon the court to hold its responsibilities by expediting the opening of the investigation into Israel's crimes

We call on the International Criminal Court to expedite the opening of the investigation into Israeli crimes in Palestinian lands, including East Jerusalem.

The Secretary General also said that the file included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property

In a video posted on the PLO's Negotiations Affairs Department's official Twitter, Erekat says "we are determined to pursue our fight in the Security Council, General Assembly, Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice."

"We hope that an official judicial investigation can be opened as soon as possible."

Last week, the Israeli High Court had given the green light to the demolition of the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin village east of Jerusalem.

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