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Israel seizes Palestinian foreign minister’s travel permit after visit to International Criminal Court over war crimes probe

RT | March 21, 2021

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, who was returning to the West Bank from a meeting at the International Criminal Court (ICC), was held up at a border crossing and got his VIP travel permit revoked by Israel.

Senior Palestinian official, Ahmed al-Deek, said that agents of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence service have questioned al-Maliki for around 30 minutes at the Allenby crossing from Jordan into the West Bank on Sunday. Members of the FM’s entourage were questioned for around an hour, he added.

Al-Maliki’s special travel permit has been revoked and he left the border crossing without it. The VIP pass allows top Palestinian officials to move freely through the Israeli-operated checkpoints. It was unclear if the FM will be getting the papers back, al-Deek added.

An Israeli official has confirmed the development to the Times of Israel, but declined to name the reason for the cancellation of the minister’s pass. However, al-Deek insisted that the move by the Israeli authorities was retaliation for Maliki’s visit to the ICC in The Hague earlier this week.

“Israel is unable to solve cases through the law, but instead resorts to a policy of intimidation, sanctions and threats,” he told Palestinian WAFA news agency.

Al-Maliki, who was on European tour, met with ICC lead prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday. Earlier this month, Bensouda announced a probe into war crimes carried out in the Palestinian Territories since June 13, 2014.

According to al-Maliki’s office, he spoke to the prosecutor about “the importance of expediting investigations into the crimes committed in the territory of the State of Palestine, in a manner that ensures justice for the victims and their families among the Palestinian people.”

On Friday, Israeli and Palestinian administrations both received notifications from the ICC of the opening of a war crimes probe against them.

While welcomed by the Palestinians, the investigation has angered the Israeli authorities, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeling it “the epitome of anti-Semitism and hypocrisy.”

March 21, 2021 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, War Crimes | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Anti-Semitism, that must be the explanation. Can’t possibly have anything to do with the Zio program of mass theft and genocide, it must just be an irrational hatred of Jews.

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    Comment by traducteur | March 21, 2021 | Reply

  2. By any means, Israel will conduct war on what it considers its enemy. This warring is especially evident on any least able to defend itself.

    As reported here, another example displayed. How successful the bribery, the intimidation 75 years of putting it in place.

    The enslavement thus, can be broken. The courage to do so is worth the sacrifice to combat it.

    What a joy for Israel that America is less and less able to defend itself against the most wide-ranging ways to conduct war. The ways must be understood as war-fare. That evidence is so readily proven, even if disputed, censored, denied, that the joy shows itself in how it continues.

    America, you have become a slave to Israel and its partisans. There and anywhere they carry out their war.

    Israel is not an ally to America. It is the opposite.

    To understand that is the first step to freedom from the enslavement.

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    Comment by michael | March 21, 2021 | Reply

  3. “On Friday, Israeli and Palestinian administrations both received notifications from the ICC of the opening of a war crimes probe against them….While welcomed by the Palestinians, the investigation has angered the Israeli authorities, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeling it “the epitome of anti-Semitism and hypocrisy.”

    Is it any wonder that both Israel and it’s obedient ‘slave’, the USA refused to sign up as members of the ICC?

    And, Mr Netanyahu, referring to the ICC’s decision to consider the crimes of Israel, as “the epitome of anti-Semitism and hypocrisy, are utterly ridiculous….. If Israel has nothing to hide, they’ll have nothing to worry about. It’s called “THE LAW”…recognised by the rest of the World’s 200+ Countries, EXCEPT Israel and the USA.

    I don’t suppose it has even occurred to Israel(or the USA) to stand on their record and Join the World Legal System.(Which really is an admission of guilt).

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | March 21, 2021 | Reply

  4. Just one more plank to add to a Nuremberg Tribunal-equivalent recitation of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed (long before and after June 13, 2014) by a psychotic terromonster against a UN member state, its every citizen, its government officials, the very land itself, and on and on. May the Tribunal get underway soon….

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    Comment by roberthstiver | March 22, 2021 | Reply


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