Wiesenthal Centre Protests International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor’s Intention to Investigate “Crimes Committed in the ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’.”
December 21, 2019
Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations for the Simon Wiesenthal Centre stated: “Israel is a democracy, where the judiciary is independent, thus maintaining and protecting the rule of law. Any investigation of crimes committed in the Palestinian Territories should focus on the continuous volleys of missiles launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians, the human shields tactics applied by Hamas in Gaza, the encouragement of terrorism by the PLO in the West Bank, the widespread abuse of women and children, the practice of torture, the suppression of freedom of expression, etc...
May the ICC truly serve as a politically-free ‘Court of last resort’ for the clearly identifiable victims and not for the perpetrators... the ICC must not be manipulated by Palestine and its supporters,” concluded Samuels.
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