The Arab League has welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I that the Court has jurisdiction over the situation in the Palestinian territories.
Saeed Abu Ali, Assistant Secretary-General for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories Affairs at the Arab League, confirmed in a press statement on Saturday that the ICC’s decision was made successful thanks to the diplomatic efforts made by Palestine.
He expressed hope that ICC’s rule would “contribute to protecting the Palestinian people from the ongoing aggression and violations of the occupation.”
At the same time, “the decision will ensure that those responsible for crimes such as settlement and aggression on Gaza are held responsible,” he said.
“Also covered by the decision are crimes against prisoners and others, leading to the restoration of all legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to end the occupation. It will work towards achieving freedom and independence in the Palestinian territories, with East Jerusalem as capital.”