Monday, 8 February 2010

Palestinian expert on settler land grab banned from travelling


Israel has imposed a travel ban on a Palestinian expert on Israeli land confiscations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Authorities cited unspecified security considerations in barring Khalil Tufakji from traveling outside Israel and the West Bank for six months.

Tufakji says he was summoned last week to Jerusalem police headquarters, where he was handed the ban.

He called it "one of the ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinians in Jerusalem."

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Palestinian Authority pushes for Hague war crimes trials


PA pushing for prosecutions at the Hague over Israel's war crimes. This certainly makes a change from Abbas's previous move to suspend pushing for war crimes at the UN which severely undermined his credibility with Palestinian people earlier this year.
Palestinian Authority officials will present more arguments in March urging the International Criminal Court to investigate possible war crimes during the Israeli offensive in Palestinian-ruled Gaze, the court's chief prosecutor said.

The ICC prosecutor launched a preliminary examination in 2009 to establish whether war crimes were committed by either side in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority has recognised the ICC's jurisdiction in a bid to allow a court investigation.

"They will be back in March with more legal arguments, so we are letting them come here before making any decision," ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in an interview at his office in The Hague. "It is a very complex decision."

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