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AFP
May 16, 2018

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Arab League calls on ICC to probe ‘Israeli crimes’

CAIRO: The Arab League´s Permanent Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to urgently investigate "the crimes of the Israeli occupation" against Palestinians.

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"Israel is an oppressive and murderous entity and its politicians and officers must be taken to the International Criminal Court," Amjad Shamout, the committee´s chairman, said in a statement.

Shamout was referring to the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces during protests and clashes on Monday over the deeply controversial opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem. The Arab League will hold emergency talks Wednesday to discuss what it has called Washington´s "illegal" relocation of its embassy to the disputed city. Jerusalem´s status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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