Prosecutors at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) will open a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against officials there and in Israel, the court has said. They will determine whether preliminary findings merit a full investigation into alleged atrocities, which could result in charges against individuals on either the Israeli or Palestinian side.
An official information-gathering visit to the occupied Palestinian territory by a United Nations human rights expert was cancelled on Friday until further notice for lack of cooperation of the Government of Israel.
Representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and Russia are expected to hold talks over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the meeting of the so-called “Quartet” of Middle East mediators would be held on January 26 in the Belgian capital, Brussels, with the aim of reviving the stalled talks between Palestinians and Israelis.
A campaign was launched to block the UN inquiry into human rights violations during Israel’s war on Gaza last summer. The campaign is seeking to ensure that a majority of the 47 countries on the ‘UN Commission of Inquiry into Gaza’ do not support the investigation into the latest Israeli offensive against Gaza.
Given the UN’s acceptance of Palestinian ratification of major international treaties, it’s difficult to see how Western countries can continue to hold out on recognising the existence of a Palestinian State. Unlike some of the United Nations’ more boisterous Secretary-Generals, the unprepossessing Ban Ki-moon has thus far come across as a touch too diplomatic, even for the world’s chief mediator. In fact, it seemed that Ban’s time as Secretary-General would be characterised by nothing more exciting than watching the international system slowly collapse around his ears.
A classified Israeli foreign ministry document, leaked to the daily Yediot Ahronot, warns that 2015 will see Israel’s standing on the world stage steadily deteriorating. It predicts “worsening drift in Europe toward Palestinian positions, more parliaments recognising the State of Palestine, fear of sanctions and labelling merchandise [to separate settlement products from tariff-free Israel-proper products] and no certainty that the United States will continue after Israel’s March elections to protect Israel with its veto.”
The Spanish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday rejected claims by Jewish human rights organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that it funded an antisemitic event last year that called for the boycotting of Israel.
It may come to be seen as one of the greatest ironies in the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, when it is finally written, that what put the Israelis in the dock at the International Criminal Court was the non-vote of the UK delegation in the United Nations. President Abbas has said many times that he would hold off applying to join the International Criminal Court - in spite of massive pressure from Palestinians - if only the Security Council would agree to a resolution setting a three-year timescale for the end of the occupation.
An outspoken Norwegian doctor whose efforts to treat Palestinians wounded in the Gaza conflict garnered worldwide attention has been named person of the year by the country's largest tabloid, Verdens Gang (VG). Mads Gilbert, 67,whose day job is head physician and anaesthesiologist as the University Hospital of North Norway, spent more than fifty days treating many of the 11,000 injured in this summer's conflict.
UN Secretary-General Ban Kid-moon said the State of Palestine will become party to the International Criminal Court on April 1, a move that may allow Palestinians to sue Israel for war crimes committed during the latest 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat