The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) has urged EU leaders to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) in pursuing the Israeli occupation for war crimes against Palestinians.
The resolution draft, which was adopted by the committee on Tuesday, garnered support from 41 members, including the committee’s rapporteur, Evin Incir of the Swedish Social Democrats party. However, 24 legislators voted against it, while nine abstained.
The resolution calls on the ICC to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip. It also calls on the EU to provide financial and political support to the ICC’s investigation.
“The EU must take a clear stand against impunity for war crimes,” Incir said in a statement. “The Israeli government has a long history of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people, and it is time for the ICC to hold them accountable.”
The resolution is a significant step forward for the campaign to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its war crimes. However, it is not yet clear whether the EU will adopt the resolution, as it will need to be approved by the full parliament.
If the resolution is adopted by the full parliament, it would be a major diplomatic victory for the Palestinian people. It would also send a strong message to other countries that they cannot commit war crimes with impunity.
The resolution is likely to be met with strong opposition from the Israeli occupation, which has repeatedly denied committing war crimes. However, the committee’s vote is a sign that the tide is turning against the Israeli occupation and that the international community is increasingly demanding accountability for its actions.