Time to end Israel’s impunity”, says PLO official

Ramallah, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi Tuesday released a statement on Palestine’s referral of Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC), saying that the time has come to end Israel’s impunity.

The State of Palestine will submit a referral regarding Israel’s deliberate war crimes to the ICC, the statement reads.

Ashrawi called for immediate action to launch an official investigation into Israel’s war crimes, stressing that Israel’s impunity must end.

“We urge the ICC to take immediate action and investigate such widespread and flagrant war crimes. It is vital for the ICC to assume a principled and just stand and open an official, speedy and criminal investigation into Israel’s egregious violations being committed throughout occupied Palestine.” “More than anything else, Israel’s impunity must end, and it is time that the perpetrator of the crime (the occupier) is punished and not the victim (the occupied). The failure of governments worldwide, primarily the United States, to hold Israel accountable has emboldened the Israeli government to intensify its efforts to entrench the occupation and persist in acts of criminality and terror at the expense of the Palestinian people,” the statement added.

The PLO official called on the international community to assume responsibility and end the Palestinians’ suffering.

“We call on the international community to assume its legal, human and moral responsibilities to put an end to the decades-long Palestinian suffering by guaranteeing the rights of the Palestinian people under the international law and international humanitarian law

Source: Jordan News Agency