Monday, March 23, 2009

Arab Interim Parliament Condemns Israeli Atrocities

The National (reporting from Damascus), March 23, 2009 - DAMASCUS: Concluding its first ordinary session here yesterday, the Arab Interim Parliament (AIP) condemned the continuing Israeli atrocities against the Palestinian people, most notably the barbaric offensive on Gaza Strip early this year.

The session, chaired by AIP President Jassem Al-Saqr called on the national parliaments of the Arab countries, as well as regional and international parliamentary organizations, to support call for taking the Israeli leaders who perpetrated the massacres of Gaza to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on charges of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Arab parliamentarians called on the Arab countries to lodge a lawsuit with the ICJ prosecutor against the Israeli political and military leaders for perpetrating crimes against humanity and war crimes and violating international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. The legal action against Israel should be brought through coordination with the Arab Lawyers' Union (ALU), they said, recommending the formation of a joint legal team between the ALU and the AIP.

They held Israel fully responsible for the violations committed in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon They also urged an acceleration of the relief efforts for Gazans and the reconstruction of the war-ravaged enclave.

They hailed Egypt's efforts to host the Palestinian national dialogue and asked the Palestinian factions to unify their ranks in the face of the mounting challenges against the backdrop of the imminent formation of an Israeli far right-wing government....

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