Gaza Conference Opens in Tehran
21 Apr 09 | PTV
With the main goal of exposing Israeli war crimes against Gazans, the international conference of Islamic prosecutors kicks off in Tehran.
Iran set in motion a criminal case against the Israeli leadership, after an abundant amount of evidence revealed that Tel Aviv had committed mass violations of human rights during its three-week war on Gaza.
More than 200 prominent legal experts from various Muslim countries have arrived in Tehran to attend the two-day summit on Tuesday.
Chaired by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the summit intends to explore legal and judicial ways to prosecute Israeli political and military officials for resorting to acts of genocide and crimes against humanity in the war against Palestinians.
According to UN officials, most Israeli actions against the shell-shocked population of Gaza “appear to have all the elements of war crimes”.
A war crime is defined as “a deliberate act that aims at harming civilians and causing great suffering, harming them physically, destroying their property in a way that cannot be justified”.
Tel Aviv has not ratified the 1998 Rome Statute; therefore, Israeli leaders cannot be brought before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
However, signatories to the Geneva Convention such as Iran can prosecute those involved in the assault on Gaza as culpable for war crimes.
Israel’s military foray into Gaza led to the death of nearly 1,400 Palestinians, most of them non-combatants.
Tel Aviv sparked a chorus of international condemnation after evidence pointed to its use of deadly white phosphorus shells in densely populated civilian areas and its employment of human shields during the conflict.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has called for instant prosecution of Israeli officials over war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip.
During an international conference of prosecutors from Islamic nations held in Tehran, Haniya expressed hope that Tehran’s attempts would prepare the ground for bringing Israeli leaders to justice for their crimes in Palestinian territories.
Speaking via video conference, the Prime Minister called on the International Criminal Court to immediately prosecute Israeli political and military officials over committing ‘genocide’ against the Gazan people.
Haniya said even Israeli soldiers have admitted to the war crimes they committed during the 22-day Israeli offensive which claimed more than 1,350 Palestinian lives, most of them women and children. >>>