CAIRO, Thursday, February 23, 2023 (WAFA) – The Arab League Council today condemned Israeli crimes against and demanded the provision of international protection to the Palestinian people.
The Council convened an extraordinary meeting at the Permanent Representative level in Cairo to discuss the ongoing deadly Israeli army incursions across the occupied West Bank, including the deadly raid that resulted in the killing of 11 Palestinians, including an elderly and a child, and injuring over 100 others by live bullets, six reported in critical to very critical condition, into the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday.
The Council decried the large-scale Israeli crimes, classified as crimes against humanity and war crimes under international humanitarian law, against the Palestinian people, and called on the international community to implement the resolutions relative to the protection of Palestinian civilians, especially UNSC Resolution 904 (1994), UNSC Resolution 605 (1987) and UNGA Resolution 10\20- RES/ES (201) on the Protection of the Palestinian civilian population.
It urged international actors to actively partake in the protection of Palestinian civilians and form a practical and effective mechanism to implement the UNGA Resolution and United Nations Secretary-General’s report, including the viable options to ensure protection of Palestinian civilians.
It urged the UNSC to shoulder its responsibilities in terms of defending international security and peace and take immediate effective actions to halt all Israeli crimes and practices and bring an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967.
It called on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to assume their responsibilities in terms of to enforce the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, and bring to a halt Israeli violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
The Council urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a genuinely independent and impartial investigation into the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel, including the crimes of aggression, colonial settlement construction, annexation, extrajudicial killings of Palestinians, and forceful displacement, and hold the perpetrators accountable.
It concluded by reiterating the centrality of the Question of Palestinian to the Arab nation as well as its unwavering support to the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, notably the right to self-determination and the right to establish an independent, sovereign State based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.