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Mahmoud Abbas Urges ICC to ‘Expedite’ War Crimes Charges Against Israel

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo/Cia Pak.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo/Cia Pak. – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to “expedite” a probe into allegations of Israeli abuses and war crimes.

Abbas, along with other senior Palestinian officials, met with ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at the Hague in the Netherlands on Friday.

“It is extremely important to expedite the process…because if Israel feels impunity, what will deter Israel from multiplying the victims?” Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said, AFP reported.

Al-Maliki apparently handed over a dossier to Bensouda “making reference to the extra-judicial killings, home demolition, and collective punishments” carried out “in the last 40 days of Israeli aggression.”

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