Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday said his government would soon try to haul Israelis before the International Court of Justice for alleged war crimes.
“We will go to the ICJ, and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the court to start an investigation,” Malki, on a visit to Bogota, told AFP.
Israeli warplanes pummeled Gaza with 50 airstrikes that killed eight Palestinians Saturday as terrorists slammed 25 rockets into Israel amid mounting calls for a fresh ceasefire.
The conflict has now killed at least 1,914 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers, since July 8. Israel has said 750-1,000 of those killed in Gaza were fighters.
Malki, who attended to inauguration Thursday of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, said “before coming here, I was in the Hague.
“And I asked the ICJ to start an official investigation, to see if what Israel has done in the past 33 days reaches the level of war crimes,” Malki told a briefing in Bogota.
The Palestinians in 2009 asked the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor’s office to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli military in Gaza in 2008-2009, during the war referred to by Israel as Operation Cast Lead.
But so far there has been no probe as Palestine is not an ICC member state and its status as a country is uncertain in some international institutions.
Palestinians, however, in late November 2012 obtained non-member observer status at the United Nations, opening the door for an ICC investigation.
Britain, France and Germany meanwhile Saturday urged Israel and Hamas to agree a truce at once.