UN Report Urges ICC to Consider Charging Israeli Personnel with Crimes Against Humanity

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Saturday, March 9, 2019
Alex Psilakis

On February 28, 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) released a scathing report against Israeli security forces, condemning them for their deliberate use of excessive force against Palestinian protestors. The report focuses on the “Great March of Return” – a series of protests held throughout 2018 in the Gaza region, referencing territory that Israel currently holds, but many Palestinians believe their own. Israeli security forces intentionally shot at – and in some cases, killed – children, medical personnel, and journalists, according to the report. Between the ten months of Palestinian protests, Israeli security forces killed 189 Palestinians and injured over 9,000. The report’s authors have urged the UNHCR’s High Commissioner to provide information to the International Criminal Court (ICC), who may charge relevant Israeli personnel with crimes against humanity. Israeli officials have condemned the report, but that has done little to stop international actors from closing in on them.