Jailed Palestinian human rights lawyer submits case to ICC – Mondoweiss

In a new submission to the International Criminal Court, Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hammouri called on the court to urgently investigate war crimes committed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In his submissionHammouri, who was reincarcerated by Israel in March, details years of harassment and abuse by the Israeli government for his human rights work.

Hammouri, the son of a Palestinian father and a French mother, is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender in Palestine. Over the past two decades, he has spent more than eight years in an Israeli prison, his first incarceration at just 16.

Last year, Hammouri was named as one of several Palestinian activists who were the target of a hack by Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.

Hammouri was arrested at his home on March 7, a day after he published an article in Jacobin Magazine detailing his years of imprisonment and the Israeli government’s decision last year to revoke his residency status in his hometown of Jerusalem, paving the way for his expulsion.

Since his arrest, he has been held in administrative detention – Israel’s policy to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial.

“Today I stand at the most difficult crossroads of my life, from injury to exile, to detention without charge, etc. The occupation does not stop at killing us, detaining us and move us,” Hammouri wrote in his submission, which was filed on his behalf by lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

“He persecutes our dreams and murders them. The uncertainty of where I might end up once released is a whirlwind of thoughts that haunts me daily. It affects my morale and my psychological state is like being on a roller coaster,” he said.

“I hope that my dream of continuing to live, free, in my homeland will not be killed.”

According to a CCR statement, Hammouri’s submission “adds to a growing body of evidence that ICC Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan must weigh as he considers bringing charges against Israeli officials for crimes of war and crimes against humanity”.

Last year, Khan’s predecessor, Fatou Bensouda, opened an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Israel in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem after nearly five years of delay.

In its communication regarding the Hammouri case, the CCR urged the court to investigate the “ongoing – and growing – attacks and forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem alongside the continued transfer of Israeli citizens to occupied territory in the framework of its war crimes and crimes against humanity investigation in the territory of Palestine.

“We call on your office to focus on multifaceted efforts to expel Palestinians from Jerusalem, including through home demolitions, discriminatory zoning, forced evictions, arbitrary detention, an elaborate permit system, and permit revocation. residency, of which Mr. Hammouri’s case is both a stark example and a warning of new tactics,” the submission letter read.

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