PA’s UN envoy admits to ‘war crimes’

By ARYEH SAVIR and YANIV HASSIDOFF

(Tazpit News Agency) — Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Ibrahim Khreisheh admitted in an interview, translated by MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas do not abide by international law and commit war crimes.

Responding to a question presented to him on PA TV last week about the Palestinians’ demand to appeal to the International Criminal Court at The Hague (ICC) against Israel, Khreisheh cautioned: “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or missed, because it is directed at civilian targets…Therefore, targeting civilians, be it one civilian or a thousand, is considered a crime against humanity.”

Relating to Israel’s mode of operation in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Khreisheh he states: “Please note that many of our people in Gaza appeared in TV and said that the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than intentional killing, because (the Israelis) followed the legal procedures.”

Khreisheh further stated that Hamas, firing from PA-controlled areas, does not warn civilians before firing on them and, by doing so, is committing a war crime. “As for the missiles launched from our side, we never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall, or about the operation we carry out,” he said.

The envoy further stated that because of the illegality of its actions, the PA has no hope of pressing charges against Israel in international courts.”Therefore, people should know more before they talk emotionally about appealing to the ICC,” Khreisheh concluded.

 

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