RAMALLAH, Thursday, Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, sent a letter to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda demanding her to open a prompt investigation into Israel’s continuing violations against the Palestinian people.
In his letter, Erekat focused on the recent Israeli decision to approve the permits to build 31 housing units for a new settlement in Shuhada Street in Hebron city, marking the first fully-fledged building of a colonial settlement from the ground up since 1979.
He said a total of $6 million of funding for colonial settlement expansion was approved, including the building of the 31 housing units in Shuhada Street, creating a very dangerous precedent.
The situation of Hebron is intolerable, creating a clear policy of Apartheid. As you know quite well, the crime of Apartheid is considered a Crime Against Humanity within the meaning of Article 7(2)(h) of the Rome Statute, and is characterized as inhumane acts, Erekat mentioned in his letter.
In this regard, he concluded, It is contingent upon your [Bensouda’s] office to swiftly and expeditiously carry out your work in determining that crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction have been committed and require your immediate attention.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency