Hamas says international community must recognize Israeli officials as war criminals

Edited by Ed Newman
2022-07-18 18:04:11


Former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett (R), then foreign minister Yair Lapid (C) and minister of military affairs Benny Gantz attend a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in the occupied al-Quds on May 23, 2022. (Photo via Twitter)

Gaza City, July 18 (RHC)-- The Hamas resistance movement has welcomed a report by a special United Nations commission tasked with investigating Israel’s practices in the occupied Palestinian territories, calling on the international community to recognize the regime officials as "war criminals."

In a statement on Sunday, the Gaza-based resistance movement said the report, like other previous reports, reveals the "severity of the occupying regime’s violations, crimes and aggressive practices" in the occupied territories. 

“The report has documented crimes and violations against Palestinian lands and people, including cold-blooded killings, assassinations, systematic torture of prisoners, forcible expulsions, racial discrimination and segregation, denial of construction permits, settlement expansion, theft of Palestinian natural resources, and finally the unjust blockade on our people in the Gaza Strip,” read the statement. 

Hamas reiterated its appeal to the international community and world organizations to carry out their human and legal responsibilities, and work towards putting an end to violations and crimes committed by the Israeli regime and extremist Jewish settlers against the Palestinian people.

It also called for an end to Israel’s impunity and holding Israeli leaders to account as war criminals, emphasizing that justice must be delivered to all Palestinian people and their legitimate rights must be restored.

Earlier this month, Bank, a Geneva-based human rights group, appealed to the world body to help put an end to Israel’s policy of using lethal force against Palestinians and ensure the regime’s accountability for its extrajudicial killings.

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“The official instructions received by the Israeli army in dealing with Palestinian civilians led to the systematic use of lethal force, which caused a noticeable increase in incidents amounting to extrajudicial killings in the Palestinian territories,” Euro-Med Monitor said in a letter addressed to Morris Tidball-Binz, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions.

Since the beginning of the current year, the Israeli military has killed nearly 53 Palestinians in the West Bank and East al-Quds, owing to the policy of employing excessive use of force against Palestinians, the letter said.

Israeli regime soldiers deliberately use lethal force against Palestinians, the letter said, citing the killing of Rafiq Riyad Ghannam who was killed early on July 6 in the town of Jaba, south of Jenin, during an Israeli army raid.


  • David Wade's gravatar
    David Wade
    18/07/2022 06:19 pm

    Of course the Israelis are war criminals. Unfortunately, they are supported financially and militarily by a larger group of war criminals based in the Washington, DC, vicinity. Even worse, the US war criminals get their financial resources by stealing them from hard-working US taxpayers. The only real way to stop Israeli war crimes is to go after their financiers, the politician/parasites in Washington, DC.

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