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Palestine has the right to sue ‘Israel’ at ICC: Saeb Sha’ath

Palestinians became eligible to join the ICC after the UN general assembly upgraded Palestine status; the world body in November upgraded Palestine from an observable entity for non-member state, which is legally considered a de facto recognition of independent Palestine state. That in its own allows the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court and file charges against Israel for war crimes, genocide, and major human rights violation, they committed.

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An analyst says Palestine is absolutely entitled to sue Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the “war crimes, genocide, and major human rights violations” committed by the Zionist entity.

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The comment comes as the United States has objected to the presence of a senior Palestinian official sitting behind a nameplate that read ‘State of Palestine’ at the United Nations Security Council.

 

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, expressed Washington’s disapproval of the latest move by Palestinians to capitalize on their upgraded UN status as Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki spoke at the Security Council on Wednesday.

 

It was the first Palestinian address to the Council since the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member observer state on November 29, 2012.

 

Press TV has conducted an interview with Saeb Sha’ath, a political commentator in Belfast to further discuss the issue. What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.

 

Press TV: Sir welcome to the program. How do you view the comments by Susan Rice at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting? Some see it as a way to downplay Palestinians’ threats to turn to the [International Criminal Court] ICC to prosecute Israeli officials for their crimes. Do you see it in that light as well?

 

Sha’ath: Yeah, it is. The keyword here is the ICC since the Palestinians became eligible to join the ICC after the UN general assembly upgraded Palestine status; the world body in November upgraded Palestine from an observable entity for non-member state, which is legally considered a de facto recognition of independent Palestine state. That in its own allows the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court and file charges against Israel for war crimes, genocide, and major human rights violation, they committed.

 

 

First of all the Palestinian Authority have to join the ICC. They are obliged to join it and once they are a member they can take the Zionist entity for many many criminal investigations. That’s what scares the United States of America , the Zionist entity and behind it as well Europe.

 

They are applying in here tactics to just drag in the Palestinian entity, in the West Bank through financial pressures and that is for the negotiations with the Israelis. That’s all. So the Palestinians as well in the West Bank they’re using today’s announcement as a kind of pressure to join the negotiations.

 

The Palestinian authority did let down their own people after the recognition in the United Nations, the Palestinian people expected some major move to the ICC against Israel; at least to stop them from building the E1 area outside Jerusalem al-Quds, which will split the West Bank in two areas and totally annex Jerusalem al-Quds to the Zionist entity.

That will destroy any chance of establishing a Palestinian state through the two-state solution; the Palestinian authority and the international community as well understand that is against the Geneva conventions which forbids construction on occupied lands.

 

So there are many crimes [being committed] in here [that] the Palestinians can take the Zionist entity to the ICC for, the international community cannot do anything to protect Israel except pressurizing the Palestinians themselves not to go that far.

 

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Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

Tehran has never severed ties with the IAEA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is proposing a logical path to the US for its full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. Zarif said the United States should first return to the full compliance and then Iran will reciprocate after rapid verification of Washington’s compliance. Zarif also stressed that all sanctions imposed by Former President Donald Trump must be removed. This comes as Iran and the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal end another round of talks aimed at reviving the agreement. More negotiations are set to be held next Wednesday.

Press TV talkes to Dr Saeb Shaath about his take on roadmap that leads the US to return to its commitment and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran.

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Thousands of political prisoners in Bahrain are facing deaths

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation

Saeb Shaath Said “Thousands of political activists, political ‎dissidents, opposition figures, women and even ‎children in Bahraini prisons are facing deaths ‎
cleric …Sheikh Isa Qassim …has warned of that ‎and demanded their immediate release ,,,,,, he ‎called on the Al khalifa regime to choose between ‎the deaths of the dissident inmates and their ‎release…‎

Most of the prisoners were imprisoned as part ‎of a crackdown on a 2011 uprising… they are ‎detained in prisons that are known to be ‎overcrowded and lacking proper sanitation…its ‎done to break the spirt of the activists through ‎dehumanising and humiliation …‎”

Shaath explained

“That is to force them to stop demanding Al ‎Khalifah regime to allow reforms for ‎establishing of a just and fair system that ‎reflects and represents the people interests .‎
On April 6 2020, 21 International ‎human rights organisations among ‎them were Amnesty international and ‎human rights first
‎ called on the Bahraini regime to release ‎all political prisoners ….as the release of ‎‎1,486 prisoners on 17 March 2020 only ‎included 394 prisoners sentenced on ‎political charges….‎
‎While the western governments applause ‎Bahrain’s so called great amnesty .‎”
‎ Saeb Shaath noted that “Most political opponents, activists, ‎human rights defenders, and journalists ‎remain incarcerated.‎
‎ Among them are influential members of ‎Al Wefaq party such as former ‎secretary-general Hassan Mushaima, ‎and Sheikh Ali Salman, ‎
as well as human rights activists ‎Abdulhadi Al Khawaja and Nabeel ‎Rajab”.‎
‎ Shaath added ” the hypocrisy of the west shines by keeping ‎closed eyes over atrocities committed by the ‎Bahraini regime against the prisoners … All ‎are well aware that Bahrain carries out ‎the execution of political prisoners. ‎
Bahraini authorities habitually diluting ‎human rights abuses by sentencing or ‎executing prisoners during holidays or ‎on days of religious celebrations to ‎prevent any reaction from international ‎institutions or media.‎”

Shaath concluded by saying ” Its well documented that the actions of ‎the Bahraini regime violate ‎international law and Bahrain’s ‎international human rights obligations, ‎
including the UN Convention Against ‎Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or ‎Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ‎
the International Covenant on Civil and ‎Political Rights, the International ‎Covenant on Economic, Social, and ‎Cultural Rights along with the Arab ‎Charter of Human Rights “..‎

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”

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US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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