Council on International Relations – Palestine (CIR) welcomed the report issued today by The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which referred to the Israeli occupation forces committing war crimes against peaceful protesters in the Great Return Marches.
The council said in a statement Thursday that the report indicates beyond any doubt that the Israeli occupation has committed clear war crimes against the Palestinians who came out to protest peacefully to demand the right of return and lift the siege.
The Council said that despite all obstacles by the occupation to halt the Commission work, it was able insistently to communicate with all citizens and officials concerned, and come out with an important report.
The Council called upon the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians, calling for taking the recommendations came in the report and completing the procedures against the occupation criminals.
According to the United Nations report, there is evidence that Israel committed crimes against humanity in responding to 2018 protests in Gaza, as snipers targeted people clearly identifiable as children, health workers and journalists.
“Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity,” the chair of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Santiago Canton, said in a statement on Thursday.