نصرالله: المقاومة ستقف بحزم مع الجيش لمنع بناء الجدار «الإسرائيلي»

جيش الاحتلال: حزب الله سيرد على بناء جدار فاصل على الحدود اللبنانية

تحذيرات لبنان لـ»إسرائيل» جدّية

وفي موضوع الجدار الذي تنوي «إسرائيل» بناءه على الحدود، قال السيد نصرالله: «هناك 13 نقطة متنازَع عليها بين لبنان و»إسرائيل»، ولا نعترف بوجود أرض «إسرائيلية»، هي أرض فلسطينيّة متنازَع عليها. و»إسرائيل» أبلغت يونيفيل أنّها تريد أن يبني جداراً في النقاط المتنازع عليها، والدولة اللبنانية رفضت أيّ إجراءات «إسرائيلية» في هذه النقاط، وأُبلِغ «الإسرائيليون» عن طريق يونيفيل هذا الأمر، والجيش أعلن أنّه جاهز لمواجهة التجاوزات»، وأعلن وقوف المقاومة بحزم إلى جانب الدولة والجيش، ودعا «الإسرائيليين» إلى أخذ تحذيرات لبنان بمنتهى الجدّية، مؤكّداً أنّ لبنان سيكون موحّداً خلف الدولة والجيش لمنع «إسرائيل» من التصرّف في النقاط المتنازع عليها.

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Palestinians Deserve – And Will Get – A More Effective Leadership

By Rami G. Khouri

January 19, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  BEIRUT — The crushing irony for Palestinians today is that their cause remains widely supported by over 120 governments and billions of ordinary men and women around the world, yet the Palestinian leadership is a case study in hapless incompetence that verges on national shame. This was confirmed again this week as the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) issued a policy statement after days of deliberations that is a sad example of meaningless clichés uttered by aging men whose track record of political achievement is empty — and astoundingly so, in view of the massive and sustained support around the world for Palestinian national rights.

The Central Council is supposed to fill the gap between the National Council (parliament-in-exile) that represents all Palestinians around the world, and the Executive Committee that represents the major Palestinian political factions and functions like a government cabinet, headed by the president. In fact, these three organs of government and the presidency are all moribund institutions that have neither impact nor legitimacy, for the leadership has lost touch with the ordinary Palestinians whom it is supposed to represent and serve.

So it is no surprise that after another fiery but hollow speech by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Central Council has decided to “suspend” its recognition of Israel, end security cooperation with Israel, effectively nullify the 2003 Oslo accords, and call on the world to work for the creation of a Palestinian state and end Israel’s colonization policies. These meaningless words by a powerless leadership will have no impact on anything.

It is hard to know what else to say or do in the face of such a failed leadership of a noble Palestinian people that continues to struggle, mostly nonviolently, for their peaceful statehood and end to refugeehood and exile, alongside an Israeli state that would acknowledge those rights for Palestinians. But we must do something, because simply continuing with the same inept leadership that has excluded the vast majority of Palestinians from participating in their national decision-making only guarantees that daily life conditions and future prospects for those millions of Palestinians will only worsen with every passing month — and for those in refugee camps or under Israeli siege in Gaza, it is hard to imagine how life could get any more difficult.

The Palestinians cannot force major changes in the policies of the Israeli government that continues with the same colonial, Apartheid-like policies that have defined Zionism since the 1947-48 creation of Israel and the dismemberment, disenfranchisement, and dispersal of the Palestinians. But 1.5 million Palestinians of 1948 have become nine million or so today, and they do have the power to do one thing, whether they live in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, as Israeli citizens inside Israel, or throughout the diaspora around the region and the world.

They can and must re-legitimize their national leadership into a single movement that listens to all their views, represents them legitimately, reaches policy decisions on the basis of serious consultations and consensus that allows Palestinians to speak in a single voice, and engages diplomatically around the world with the full support of all Palestinians.

None of these dynamics exists today, which is why the current leadership of the PLO under Mahmoud Abbas is not taken seriously in the region or internationally — least of all by the majority of Palestinians themselves, who have looked elsewhere for leadership in the years since the Oslo process proved to be a failure and Yasser Arafat started to lose his credibility. The leaderless condition of the Palestinian people today is reflected in how the three most dramatic examples of pubic political action in recent years have occurred without any meaningful input from the PLO, or from the Palestinian Authority (PA) which administers limited services and regions in the West Bank and Gaza where Israel gives it permission to do so.

Those three examples are: the current campaign around the world to support Ahed Tamimi, the 16-year-old girl from a West Bank village who is detained in an Israeli jail pending a possible military court trial, because she resisted Israeli occupation and slapped an Israeli soldier; the weeks of spontaneous popular protest last summer in Arab East Jerusalem, when tens of thousands of Palestinians there defended their holy sites at the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount, for Israelis); and, the ongoing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement by civil society to pressure Israel to stop its mistreatment and human rights denials of Palestinians in the three arenas of occupied Palestine, the state of Israel, and the disapora.

Hamas’ challenge to the PLO leadership in Gaza is another sign of the PLO’s delinquency in protecting, representing, or leading the Palestinians. It is difficult now to create a whole new national leadership, given the fragmented nature of the Palestinian community. Yet the cohesion that all Palestinians feel, wherever they live, also makes it feasible to at least start consultations amongst themselves to find a way out of the current nightmare by giving fresh blood and new life and legitimacy to existing PLO organs.

There is no reason why we should suffer this ghastly fate of being plagued by a colonial Zionist Israeli state that steadily eats up our land, ignored by a mostly caring world that is otherwise preoccupied by more pressing issues, and abandoned by a Palestinian leadership that has become powerless, dependent on donors, docile, a purveyor of empty clichés, and largely incoherent. Such situations might lull some observers to see the end of the Palestine issue, while a more likely conclusion would be that this low point will mark the start of a process of re-birth for the nine million Palestinians who have never stopped struggling and working for their national rights since the 1930s. They are certainly not going to stop now, regardless of the poor quality of their current leaders.

Rami G. Khouri is senior public policy fellow and professor of journalism at the American University of Beirut, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative. He can be followed on Twitter @ramikhouri

Copyright ©2018 Rami G. Khouri — Distributed by Agence Global

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Israeli Intelligence behind Blast Targeted Hamas Commander in Southern Lebanon: Report

January 20, 2018

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The Israeli intelligence was behind the blast which targeted one of Hamas commanders Mohammad Hamdan in Sidon in southern Lebanon on January 14, according to a report published by al-Akhbar newspaper on Saturday.

The report mentioned that the Lebanese army intelligence and the ISF Information Branch managed to identify the head of the cell which carried out the operation, adding that he is the Lebanese, Ahmad Baytiyah, who descends from Tripoli and lives in Amsterdam.

Baytiyah was recruited by the Israeli intelligence abroad before he arrived in Beirut on January 9 to prepare for the operation, according to the report which added that the security agencies are tracking the rest of the cell members in order to arrest them.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper

الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية نفّذت تفجير صيدا

حسن عليق

في مدة قياسية، تمكّن فرع المعلومات في قوى الأمن الداخلي من كشف كيفية تنفيذ الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية لعملية التفجير في مدينة صيدا، يوم الأحد الفائت (14 كانون الثاني 2018)، التي استهدفت القيادي في حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس، محمد حمدان. نجا الأخير من محاولة الاغتيال المحكمة التي نفذها عملاء للعدو، بسبب تغييره، بالصدفة، لطريقة تشغيله لمحرك السيارة.

فبدلاً من الجلوس فيها، وتشغيل المحرّك، قرر حمدان مدّ يده من خارج السيارة، وتحريك مفتاح التشغيل، فيما جسده لا يزال خارجها، ثم التحرك فوراً نحو الصندوق الخلفي للمركبة. وفور ابتعاده عن باب السائق، انفجرت العبوة الناسفة التي كانت ملصقة أسفل السيارة، تحت مقعد السائق، ليُصاب حمدان بجروح في قدميه. سريعاً، بدأت الأجهزة الأمنية التحقيق في الجريمة. وفيما تولى الجيش مسح مسرح الجريمة والمنطقة القريبة منه، بما فيها المبنى الذي يسكنه حمدان والمباني المجاورة، تولّى فرع المعلومات التحقيق في الدائرة الاوسع. وسريعاً، توصل إلى خيوط دفعته أول من أمس إلى تنفيذ مداهمات في منطقة الواجهة البحرية لبيروت، وفي مدينة طرابلس. فبعد سلسلة من التحقيقات التقنية والاستعلامية المعقّدة، تمكّن محققو «المعلومات» من تحديد المشتبه فيه الذي أدار مجموعة من الأفراد لتنفيذ محاولة الاغتيال. وتبيّن أن المشتبه فيه لبناني من طرابلس، يُدعى أحمد بَيْتيّة.

التحقيقات سمحت بالجزم بأن بيتية ومجموعته يعملون لمصلحة الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية

والأخير صاحب «سجلّ أمنيّ نظيف». لم يسبق أن أوقِف في قضايا أمنية، ولا وضعه أحد الأجهزة الأمنية على لوائح المشتبه فيهم. الرجل الذي يبلغ من العمر 38 عاماً، كان يعمل في التجارة، متنقلاً بين لبنان وهولندا. وهو أتى إلى بيروت يوم 9 كانون الثاني، عبر مطار بيروت. وكان قد استأجر شقة لمدة أسبوع في منطقة الواجهة البحرية للعاصمة، عبر موقع على الإنترنت، وزار عائلته في طرابلس يوم وصوله، ثم عاد إلى بيروت. من الأخيرة، انتقل إلى صيدا أكثر من مرة، على رأس مجموعة تنفيذية، تولت مراقبة منزل حمدان. ونفّذت المجموعة يوم 11 كانون الثاني مناورة يمكن الاستنتاج بأنها كانت محاولة للاغتيال جرى وقف تنفيذها من دون معرفة السبب.

وبحسب ما توصّل إليه المحققون، فإن بيتية ومجموعته، انتقلوا إلى صيدا فجر يوم 14 كانون الثاني، وتولى أحدهم زرع العبوة الناسفة أسفل سيارة حمدان، قرابة الثالثة والنصف فجراً. وبحسب ما توصلت إليه التحقيقات، ابتعدت المجموعة عن محيط منزل القيادي في المقاومة، بعد زرع العبوة، ثم عادت قرابة السابعة والنصف، وبقيت في انتظار نزوله من منزله إلى سيارته. وفور تفجير العبوة، غادرت المجموعة المكان، باتجاه بيروت، حيث تفرّقت. وفيما ضاع أثر باقي أفراد الشبكة، تمكّن محققو «المعلومات» من العثور على «آثار تقنية» لرأس الشبكة، في العاصمة، أدّت إلى تحديد هويته، فتبيّن أنه بيتية. الاستمرار في ملاحقة «آثاره» أوصل المحققين إلى مطار الرئيس الشهيد رفيق الحريري، فتبيّن أن بيتية غادر لبنان ليل الأحد ــ الاثنين، متوجهاً إلى أمستردام.

وتستمر تحقيقات «المعلومات» واستخبارات الجيش، لتحديد باقي أفراد الشبكة، علماً بأن مصادر تحدّثت عن وجود موقوف لدى الاستخبارات، يتحفّظ المسؤولون الأمنيون عن كشف مدى صلته بالشبكة. وقد دهم محققو «المعلومات» منزل بيتية في طرابلس، واستجوبوا عدداً من أفراد عائلته، وضبطوا وثائق ومعدات يجري تحليلها لمعرفة ما إذا كانت ستفضي إلى أدلة تساهم في كشف معلومات إضافية عن المشتبه فيه.

وعلمت «الأخبار» أن التحقيقات التي أُجريت طوال الأيام الستة الماضية سمحت بالجزم بأن بيتية ومجموعته يعملون لمصلحة الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية، وأن رأس الشبكة جنّدته هذه الاستخبارات خارج الأراضي اللبنانية. ويجري التدقيق في ما إذا كانت لديه صلات بعمليات أمنية نفّذها العدو في لبنان سابقاً.

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US Supports Letting Palestinian Refugees Starve

US Supports Letting Palestinian Refugees Starve

Israel imposed a near-starvation diet on two million Gazans – enforced by its illegal blockade, supported and encouraged by Washington and its rogue allies.

In December, the Trump administration pledged $45 million in emergency food and other aid for around a million West Bank and Gaza refugees.

In January, it formally approved the aid. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) purchased millions of dollars of food and other vital supplies, anticipating Washington’s pledge would be honored – a bad assumption.

US administrations under Republicans and undemocratic Dems can never be trusted, most often saying one thing and doing another – ignoring its own needy people, showing the same contempt toward Palestinian refugees, dependent on vital aid to survive.

Washington reneged on its emergency aid pledge. It’s not forthcoming, the funds frozen.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert lied, saying “we made very clear that we would need to confirm (the funding) later, so upon reviewing that we’re not able to provide that at this time.”

Trump administration policy is all about pressuring the Palestinian leadership to bend to its will – uncaring about Palestinian refugees dependent on its funding for enough food to eat, for education and healthcare.

Their suffering is of no consequence to rogue governance in Washington. The Trump administration doesn’t care if they live or die, eat or starve.

US relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) soured dramatically after Trump’s deplorable Jerusalem declaration.

He contemptuously spurned a core Palestinian issue, siding with Israel against their fundamental rights, ruling out his administration as an honest broker in peace talks or anything else between both sides.

UNWRA is stuck with unpaid bills at a time Trump cut half its aid to the agency, along with reneging on its pledged $45 million in emergency food aid – in total, funds needed to keep Palestinians from starving, for healthcare, education and other essentials.

On Friday, reports surfaced about a typhoid outbreak at the blockaded Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, located 8 km from Damascus.

It’s home to thousands of refugees. Typhoid is an infectious disease, caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria, spread through contaminated food or water or close contact with an infected individual.

Treatment with antibiotics is essential. Untreated it’s life-threatening. Palestinians are vulnerable to illnesses, diseases, malnutrition and deaths without essential aid UNWRA provides.

Its spokesman Chris Gunness called the Yarmouk typhoid outbreak “desperate.” Known cases may be “the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

Lack of proper “public health standards” and unavailable medical treatment pose the risk of a “massive” epidemic.

US-supported al-Nusra terrorists in the camp left its refugees without enough food, water, medical supplies or proper care.

Cutting off aid to UNWRA by the Trump administration makes a bad situation much worse for five million Palestinian refugees in dozens of camps.

Administration hardliners Nikki Haley, Jared Kushner and others favor a total cutoff of Palestinian humanitarian aid unless its leadership agrees to US-brokered no-peace/peace talks.

Washington and Israel demand Palestinian surrender to their demands – agreeing to occupation harshness in perpetuity, continued subjugation of an entire people, terms no responsible leadership can accept.

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It’s not only profit that propels tiny nations in Oceania to sell their UN votes to the USA; it is also the fear of retribution

Palestine, Israel, The U.S. And How The South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes

Palestine, Israel, The U.S. And How The South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes

Text and Images by Andre Vltchek: Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted “for Israel”, “for the United States’ proposed resolution at the United Nations”, and therefore, “against Palestine”.

As reported on December 22, 2017 by Al Jazeera:

“The United Nations General Assembly has voted by a huge majority to declare a unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void”.

At an emergency session of the General Assembly on Thursday, 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Trump had earlier threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.”

 

Did scarcely inhabited island-nations that are lost in the middle of a tremendous body of water, go crazy?

 

After all those horrific nuclear experiments committed there, against their people, by the United States, France and the UK; could local people sincerely believe that the truth as seen from Washington is the only legitimate truth on Earth?

 

After the naked modern-day colonialism, which is being implemented by Australia, New Zealand, and France, and, of course, by the United States, have the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia become blind?

 

After total dependency, after decades of humiliation and virtual slavery, do the inhabitants of Oceania believe that their fellow victims in Palestine do not have the right to live in their own state, without barbed wire; that they shouldn’t have their own historical capital?

 

The answer to all these question is, actually: “No”. They do what they are doing simply and only because they have no choice.

 

When working on my bookOceania, travelling all over the South Pacific, I visited a Jesuit priest and the region’s prominent intellectual, Francis X. Hezel. Our encounter took place in the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) – Pohnpei.

 

Father Hezel has been amassing important materials and documents in his private archive, proving beyond any doubts that the US occupation of Micronesia after WWII led to a dramatic decrease of life expectancy and the standard of living of the islanders. He explained:

 

“Life here became shorter, and much worse than under the Japanese imperial rule. And this was not some ‘Communist propaganda’. It is written right here, in the report produced during that period by the US Department of State.”

 

Military radars Kawajalein, Marshall Islands

But back to ‘voting’, or what is often called “vote selling”. Father Hezel offered a very explicit story to illustrate the reality:

 

“One day I had an entire television crew from Israel parked at my office. I had no idea what they were doing here. Why would they travel so far, to such a small and insignificant country? Finally I understood: the Israeli public was fascinated with this place; they wanted to know who are those people who keep voting in the U.N. against most of Security Council resolutions, in this way supporting Israel and the United States against the entire world…”

 

In my book Oceania, I later wrote:

 

“Pacific Island votes at the UN are openly for sale, especially when peace in the Middle East is at stake. To illustrate the absurdity of the game: at a time when several countries in the region are becoming uninhabitable as a result of global warming, both Nauru and Kiribati, itself one of the sinking nations and therefore a victim, voted against the Kyoto Protocol.

 

But it is not only profit that propels tiny nations in Oceania to sell their votes; it is also the fear of retribution.

 

“In the late 90’s our government voted at the UN against the US on the issue of landmines, recalled the then Foreign Minister of Marshall Islands (RMI), Tony deBrum. “As a result, our party lost the elections.””

In December 2017, out of the nine countries that voted against the UN resolution, one was the United States itself, while the other eight were: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, FSM, Nauru, Palau, and Togo. Two were de facto US semi-colonies in Latin America, ruled by brutal pro-Washington cliques, one a tiny and dependent African nation, while four were the Micronesian and Polynesian nations and of course, Israel.

 

The Pacific Island nations are selling their votes, for profit or out of fear. The West is also using them in an attempt to isolate China.

 

Presently, six countries of Oceania, have fully established diplomatic relations with Taiwan, after being, as was described to me by the former Foreign Minister of RMI, Tony deBrum, “encouraged” by the West.

 

These countries are: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

 

At least three of them – Tuvalu, Marshall Islands and Kiribati – are at the frontline of the climate change disaster: they are becoming uninhabitable due to the global warming and consequent rising of sea level.

 

China is the only country that has been willing to, altruistically, help the countries of Oceania: by building anti-tsunami walls, by planting mangroves, by elevating schools, hospitals and government buildings, or by building sports facilities in places where around 90% of adults is suffering from diabetes, often due to dumping there some of the most unhealthy food from the US, Australia and elsewhere.

 

The more successful China got in helping South Pacific nations, the more ‘encouragement’ Taiwan received from the West; an ‘encouragement’ to come, to corrupt local ‘elites’, and to push China away. Any country that recognizes Taiwan as an independent nation gets diplomatic relations with China (PRC) broken immediately. Everyone knows it. And there is not one Western country that would take such an insane step.

 

After China leaves, the countries of Oceania can only rely on the pathetic, cynical and hypocritical “foreign aid” offered by the West, while their corrupt leaders negotiate with New Zealand and Australia the final ‘evacuation project’. Entire countries like Tuvalu may soon be forced to move abroad.

 

The selling of votes by South Pacific Island nations appears to be shameful, but in fact it is nothing else than an act of total desperation.

 

The Empire has reached great mastery in implementing the “divide and rule” strategy. The victims, often defenceless and robbed of everything, are forced to vote against those who are suffering similar fate at the opposite side of the world.

 

Palestinians are involuntarily living in a cage.

 

People of Oceania, who used to be the greatest seamen, are surrounded by the vastest expanse of water on Earth, but in the same time they are confined to tiny specks of land, often scarred by Western military bases. Trash and decay are everywhere. Hopelessness rules.

 

Oceania knows almost nothing about ‘modern Palestine’. Palestinians know almost nothing about Oceania.

 

Empire looks dumb but it is not. It is ‘only’ evil. It knows everything about both parts of the world. And it is torturing them relentlessly and with perverse sadistic delight.

 

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to “The Great October Socialist Revolution” a revolutionary novel “Aurora” and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire. View his other books here. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky “On Western Terrorism”. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

Putin calls on Israel to end occupation of Arab lands, proclaims solidarity with Palestine

Putin calls on Israel to end occupation of Arab lands, proclaims solidarity with Palestine 

Russian president Vladimir Putin made the statement in a congratulatory letter marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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Putin Calls On Israel To End Occupation Of Arab Lands

The Russian President has written a letter to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas affirming Russia’s longstanding commitment to justice for Palestine which dates back to the 1950s.

In his letter, Putin wrote,

“Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the Middle East Quartet of international mediators, takes a principled stand in support of the realisation of the Palestinians’ legitimate right to self-determination. We are in favour of a comprehensive and fair settlement in the Middle East on a solid international legal basis, including the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative. It should result in the end of the Israeli occupation of the Arab lands that began in 1967 and the creation of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Amid the persisting tensions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and in view of the growing terrorist threat in the region, your continued commitment to the political and diplomatic solution to the Palestinian problem and your policy aimed at overcoming the intra-Palestinian discord acquires special significance. For our part, we will continue to assist efforts to restore the Palestinian national unity”.

Putin also assured Abbas that Russia will continue to increase economic cooperative and investment initiatives with Palestine before wishing Palestinians “peace and prosperity on their native soil”.

Palestine takes israel to ICC over detained children

Palestine takes Israel to ICC over detained children

 

Palestine takes Israel to ICC over detained children

The move came as Israel extended detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Palestinian Authority has submitted a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israeli violations against Palestinian children.

The move came as Israeli authorities extended the detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi for the fifth time on charges of attacking Israeli soldiers.

In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki called on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to “exercise her legal authority without delay to prevent the continuation of crimes being committed against the Palestinian people.”

He cited the case of al-Tamimi, who was first detained by Israeli forces on Dec. 19 as “another proof on Israeli policies and crimes” against the Palestinians.

“This complaint against Israeli criminals is a proof on the necessity to accelerate the opening of a criminal investigation to guarantee fair justice to Palestinian children and victims,” he said.

Last week, the Palestinian Central Council announced the referral of the issues of Israeli settlement building and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to the ICC.

According to Palestinian figures, over 6,400 Palestinians are being held in Israeli prisons, including 300 children.

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