Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Israel must answer for its crimes

Israel must answer for its crimes before the International Court

The Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Sunday (17th)  to investigate crimes committed by the regime in Israeli occupied Palestine.

The tribunal, which has investigated Israeli crimes for four years, announced at a meeting in Brussels, capital of Belgium, that they "would support all initiatives of civil society and international organizations referred to compel the Israeli regime to present itself to the ICC."

The Russell Tribunal for Palestine was created in March 2009 with the purpose of promoting initiatives and defending the rights of the Palestinian nation. It is part of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal, also known as the International Tribunal for War Crimes, founded by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, then led by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre.

The court evidence has been gathered since 2009, before adopting 26 recommendations in its fifth and last final session in Brussels.

The court also asked the ICC to recognize the jurisdiction of Palestine and called a special session of the Special Committee of the United Nations (UN) against Israeli apartheid to examine the crimes of the Zionist regime.

It also called for the boycott of Israeli goods, especially those produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The members of the Tribunal accused the United States, the UN and the European Union of complicity with the Israeli regime in violation of international law.

It should be noted that on November 29, 2012, Sweden supported a resolution that recognizes Palestine as a UN member state not an observer.

Crimes against prisoners

On Monday, another crime was committed by the Israeli regime against the brother of a Palestinian political prisoner. Ayman Sharawna, a resident of the West Bank, was deported by the Israeli occupation authorities to the Gaza Strip after 260 days on hunger strike, because of him,  his brother was arrested by Israel.

Sharawna was deported to the Gaza Strip for 10 years without the right of return to the house where his family lives on the West Bank.

Shrawana signed a document accepting deportation as a settlement after the deterioration of his health, according to medical reports.

The Palestinian Minister for Prisoners' Affairs, Qaraqi, said the deportation of a prisoner from his place of residence and his family is a violation of all international and humanitarian laws and conventions.

Shrawna arrived in the Gaza Strip and was received by the representatives of the Palestinian national forces and authorities and taken straight to a hospital, where his health is stable.

On Monday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested Jihad Shrawna, brother of Ayman Shrawna, as a way of revenge and to reach his family.

Vermelho with agencies

Translated from the Portuguese version by:

Lisa Karpova