ICC Prosecutor Completely Neglects to Mention the Crimes Committed Against Palestinian Prisoners in Arrest Warrants for Israeli Officials by Addameer

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

On May 20, 2024, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that he had requested arrest warrants for two high-profile Israeli officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Yoav Gallant. The Prosecutor stated that he had reasonable grounds to believe that Netanyahu and Gallant had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza from at least October 8, 2023. The decision made by the ICC Prosecutor to hold Israeli officials accountable for their crimes marks a significant step towards ending decades of impunity for crimes committed in occupied Palestine. This decision underscores the importance of international justice in addressing long standing oppressions and human rights violations.

Addameer welcomes the decision of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office; however, substantial efforts are still required to achieve comprehensive justice and hold Israeli officials fully accountable for their crimes. 

… Addameer also documented a worrying increase in the acts of torture committed against Palestinian detainees since the beginning of the genocide. Palestinians are systematically victim of torture and mistreatments during their arrest, interrogation, and while in detention. Detention conditions are deteriorating, including with the provision of extremely poor food portions, forcing detainees to sleep in very cold cells, overcrowding of cells, and detainees having to sleep on the floor. Palestinian detainees are subjected to beatings multiple times a day, sometimes until loss of consciousness, forced to stay in stress positions, threatened, including with death, sexual violence, or threats on their families, and regularly strip searched.

… Israeli nationals committing crimes against Palestinian detainees are never prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities. According to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), more than 1,400 complaints of torture  were submitted to the what so called Israeli Ministry of “Justice” since 2001 and all the cases were closed without a single indictment.

… Addameer strongly encourages the Office of the Prosecutor to investigate the aforementioned crimes and issue arrest warrants for those responsible… Failing to investigate and prosecute Israeli perpetrators of such crimes will only reinforce injustice and the system of complete impunity created by the occupying state.

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